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  • Cloakroom: Battle of the Budgets, Round 1

    House Cloakroom: March 11 – March 15 Analysis:  This week House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will release his 2014 budget resolution for markup in committee. The Ryan budget is expected offer a path to balance in 10 years and include a full repeal of Obamacare as well as a … More

    Cloakroom: Resolving to Continue

    House Cloakroom: March 4 – March 8 Analysis: This week, the House plans to take up a bill that would fund the government for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year. As of March 1, we are now living under the sequester that was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed … More

    Cloakroom: The Sequester and Hagel Nomination

    House Cloakroom: February 25 – March 1 Analysis: Sequester week begins in Washington! The House returns from a recess week to take up the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The Senate has passed a flawed reauthorization bill. The Senate version contains an unconstitutional expansion of tribal sovereignty, not to mention … More

    Cloakroom: February 11 – February 15

    House Cloakroom Analysis: The House has a light week planned. The only notable legislation on the floor will be a bill to prevent a planned pay increase for federal employees for this year. Major Floor Action: HR 273 – To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for federal employees Major … More

    Cloakroom: February 4 – February 8

    House Cloakroom Analysis: This week, the House returns from a week of recess to take up a bill that would require the President to produce a date by which his proposed budget will balance. The Require a PLAN Act would be triggered when the President sends his budget to Congress … More

    Cloakroom: The Senate This Week

    Senate Cloakroom: January 28 – February 1 Analysis: This week, the Senate will take up the House-passed Sandy relief bill and hold a confirmation vote on Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for the office of Secretary of State. The Sandy bill is expected the pass the Senate, although there will be … More

    Cloakroom: The Second Term Edition

    House Cloakroom Analysis: This week on Capitol Hill will begin with the inauguration of President Barack Obama to a second term in office. He will be sworn in on the west front of the Capitol at noon today with the House and Senate in attendance. It appears that the major … More

    Cloakroom: It Begins Again…

    House Cloakroom: January 14 – January 18 Analysis: The 113th Congress begins its first full week in session on Monday as the House of Representatives returns to Washington after being officially sworn in on January 3. This week, the House will take up the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill. There … More

    Cloakroom: 'Twas the Week Before Christmas…

    House Cloakroom: December 17 – December 21 Analysis: …when all through the House, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Their coats were all hung in the cloakroom with care, in hopes that a fiscal cliff deal soon would be there. Once again, the House has a noticeably … More

    Cloakroom: The Waiting Continues

    House Cloakroom: December 10 – December 14 Analysis: The waiting game continues here in Washington as the talks over the fiscal cliff continue. The House does not appear to be taking up any major legislation this week once again. However, there will be several hearings of note on both Dodd-Frank … More