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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: June 20-24, 2011

    The House will likely consider four bills this week.  The Patent Reform BIll will come up after being pulled from the floor the previous week.  The House will also take up the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill and the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act.  Finally, the House with either consider a short term extension of the current FAA reauthorization or the conference report of a new FAA reauthorization that was passed in different forms in each house.

    Major Floor Action

    • HR 1249 – America Invents Act
    • HR 2219 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act
    • HR 2021 – Jobs and Energy Permitting Act
    • HR 658 – FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act

    Major Committee Action:

    • The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on “Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles.”
    • The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the “Social Security Trustees Report.”
    • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on “Next Steps in Iran and Syria.”
    • The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the “Impact of IPAB on Medicare.”
    • The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on “Health Care Overhaul Implementation.”
    • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the “Impact of Regulations.”

    Senate Cloakroom: June 20-24

    Analysis: The Senate will return to business on Tuesday, June 21 to vote on the nomination of  Michael Simon to be the US District Judge for the District of Oregon at noon.  From there the Senate will move to the nomination of Leon Panetta to be Secretary of Defense.  Debate on his nomination will begin at 2:15pm and wrap up with a vote at 4:15pm.  The Senate will then attempt to move to a vote on the Economic Development Agency reauthorization.  Should that fail they will move on to the Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act, a bill which would reduce the number of executive branch positions which require confirmation by the Senate.

    Major Floor Action

    • S 679 – The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act
    • S 782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act

    Major Committee Action

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    7 Responses to House and Senate Cloakroom: June 20-24, 2011

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Major Floor Action (Republican led)
      •HR 1249 – America Invents Act ($10.65 billion)
      •HR 2219 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act ($648.7 billion $17 billion higher than 2011)
      •HR 2021 – Jobs and Energy Permitting Act ($0)
      •HR 658 – FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act ($14.96 billion)

      Total Republican sponsored spending = $674.31 billion

      Major Floor Action (democrat led)
      •S 679 – The Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act ($0)
      •S 782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act ($356.5 million)

      Total Democratic spending = $356.5 million

      Though the senate bills do represent power grabbing management by the left.

      The republicans were kicked out in 2006 to the detriment of the country for spending and it seems like they have no learned the lesson.

    2. George Colgrove, VA says:

      Republican Mitch McConnell came out this wekend and announced that the debt ceiling WILL be raised "For a few months". It is looking like the big spenders in the RINO part of the republican party cannot control themselves. They will nickle and dime the debt up to save their precious DC rather than the country.

      We are being conned by these people. The federal workforce has (against ALL legislation) has agreed to contionue spending at high levels with all new spending since May (when we hit the debt ceiling) being leveraged by the federal pension. They are not trying to save America, these goons are saving their own pensions (pensions that are UNFUNDED to begin with.)

      Do not let these theives increase the debt ceiling. They may be too stupid to see what is happening around them, but look at Greece and Spain and see what happened in Wisconsin earlier this year. Out future is bveing played out. All these countries that went deeper into debt are collapsing.

    3. allen says:

      This is a PLUS as changes effect all Seniors,Change is a pain and some times confusing when we think a format is working. I have a idea on the pay and the retirement that Members of Congress recieve, instead of the million that congress pockets each year They should recieve Military pay,

    4. Bobbie says:

      when will all members of government accountable, be held accountable for violating the people's American Constitution? why isn't it being stopped?

    5. LuluBelle says:

      When are the Senate and Congress going to charge Obama with forgery? It would sure cut down on their workload if they didn't have so much to undo.

    6. staff says:

      "Patent Reform BIll "

      Even the leading patent expert in China has stated the bill will help them steal our inventions. Who are the supporters of this bill working for??

      The bill is improperly named. It should be titled the “America Kills Inventors Act”.

      Just because they call it “reform” doesn’t mean it is. Patent reform is a fraud on America. This bill will not do what they claim it will. What it will do is help large multinational corporations maintain their monopolies by robbing and killing their small entity and startup competitors (so it will do exactly what the large multinationals paid for) and with them the jobs they would have created. According to recent studies by the Kauffman Foundation and economists at the U.S. Census Bureau, “startups aren’t everything when it comes to job growth. They’re the only thing.” This bill is a wholesale slaughter of US jobs. Those wishing to help in the fight to defeat this bill should contact us as below.

      Small entities and inventors have been given far too little voice on this bill when one considers that they rely far more heavily on the patent system than do large firms who can control their markets by their size alone. The smaller the firm, the more they rely on patents -especially startups and individual inventors. Yet small entities create the lion's share of new jobs.

      Please see http://truereform.piausa.org/ for a different/opposing view on patent reform. http://docs.piausa.org/

    7. RennyG says:

      Why are we progressing with problems of "Ocare?????" It was declared unconstitutional!!!! I don't understand, if something is unconstitutional for Republicans it goes no further, Wisconsin??? If it is unconstutional for Democrats we still keep going, the big Ocare?????
      Why don't we just "STOP!!!" Or is the system beyond my simple comprehension??

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