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  • Cloakroom: Tale of Two Priorities Edition

    House Cloakroom: March 19 – March 23 Analysis: This week marks the second anniversary of the passage of a government takeover of our health care, Obamacare.  Fittingly, this anniversary will coincide with the release of Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Fiscal 2013 Budget, which places us on a path to reducing … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: March 5 – March 9, 2012

    House Cloakroom: March 5 – March 9 Analysis: This week the House will take up legislation on a variety of issues.  The JOBS Act is a combination of several financial services related bills meant to ease access to capitol and remove barriers to entry for startup companies.  The countervailing duties … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: February 6 – February 10, 2012

    House Cloakroom: February 6 – February 10 Analysis:  This week the House the will consider legislation to sell off civilian property it owns, institute a line-item veto and ban congressional insider trading.  The week will begin with the Civilian Property Realignment Act, which would create a BRAC-like process to determine … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: January 30 – February 3

    House Cloakroom: January 30 – February 3 Analysis: This week will be a busy week on the House floor.  They will begin today by voting to send the FAA reauthorization to conference.  The houses are still working to resolve dispute over a pro-labor ruling recently made by the National Mediation … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: December 19 – December 23

    Analysis: Over the weekend the Senate passed a two month extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and SGR (the doc fix) along with a provision to expedite the decision making process for the Keystone XL pipeline.  The House will return today to vote on this Senate compromise and … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: December 12 – December 16

    House Cloakroom: December 12 – December 16 Analysis: This week the House will take up two large year end packages.  The first will be the extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, TANF and the “doc fix.”  The cost of the bill is offset through a federal pay freeze, … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: December 5 - December 9

    House Cloakroom: December 5 – December 9 Analysis: This week the House of Representatives will take up two major bills relating to regulations.  The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require that major regulations from executive agencies be approved by Congress.  The Farm Dust Regulation … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: November 28 - December 2

    This week the House will take up several regulatory reform bills. The Regulatory Accountability Act would increase the requirements an executive agency has to meet in the rule making process as well as expand judicial review of legislation. The House will also take up the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act that would prevent micro-unions. When the Senate returns from the Thanksgiving holiday this week they are expected to vote on an extension of the payroll tax cut. More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: October 31 - November 4

    House Cloakroom: October 31 – November 4 Analysis: This week the House will take up two bills to reduce regulations on capital.  Additionally, the House will vote on legislation relating to wireless taxes as well as protecting Peace Corp workers from sexual assault. Major Floor Action: HR 2940 – Access … More

    House Cloakroom: October 24 – October 28

    House Cloakroom: October 24 – October 28 Analysis: This week the House will take up two important changes to the tax code.  The first would change the way income is calculated when with respect to eligibility requirements for certain healthcare tax benefits.  The second would end the 3% withholding on … More