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  • Senate Cloakroom: October 17 – October 21

    Senate Cloakroom: October 17 – October 21 Analysis: This week the Senate will move to a large appropriations bill which will wrap several individual appropriations together into one legislative package.  Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) will offer an amendment to the House passed Agriculture Appropriations bill which will add the Commerce, … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: October 10 - October 14

    House Cloakroom: October 10 – October 14 ‘ Analysis: The major issues facing the House this week will be three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).  These free trade agreements had been held by the Obama Administration since they came into office in … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: September 26–September 30, 2011

    House Cloakroom: September 26 – September 30 Analysis: The House was scheduled to be in recess this week.  However, given the fight over the Continuing Resolution they may have to return at the beginning of the week to vote on an amended CR from the Senate. Major Floor Action: HR … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: September 19 – September 23, 2011

    House Cloakroom: September 19 – September 23 Analysis: The two major items on the House floor this week with be the Continuing Resolution and the TRAIN Act.  The Continuing Resolution would provide funding for the government through November 18th as Congress continues work on an appropriations package for the remainder … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: August 1 - August 5, 2011

    The White House and Congressional leaders announced yesterday that they had reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling and have released the details of that deal to the public. The major action in both the House of Representatives and the Senate this week will be the passage of the negotiated debt ceiling deal. Other action in the House this week include a hearing by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on “Energy Tax Policy and Tax Overhaul.” More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: July 18 – July 22

    Next week will be a big week in the House for the fight over the debt ceiling increase. On Tuesday the House will vote on the cut, cap and balance plan that would reduce spending, enact a statutory spending cap and make an increase in the debt ceiling contingent on the passage of a balance budget amendment to the Constitution. On Friday the House will vote on that balance budget amendment. These will be major votes as the administration’s stated August 2nd deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches. More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: July 11 – July 15, 2011

    The House will begin its week on Monday by considering amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. They will then move to the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which will rescue incandescent light bulbs from a congressional ban on their production that will soon go into effect. One the table for the remainder of the week are a bill to reform the federal flood insurance program, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, the Financial Services Appropriations bill and potentially a reauthorization of the FAA. More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: June 27 – July 1

    The Senate will convene Monday at 2:00pm; however, there will be no votes that day. On Tuesday This week, the Senate will begin debate on 3 more judicial nominations, James Michael Cole of the District of Columbia to be Deputy Attorney General, Virginia A. Seitz of the District of Columbia to be Assistant Attorney General and Lisa O. Monaco of the District of Columbia to be Assistant Attorney General.  The votes on these nominations will take place at noon. From there the Senate More

    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 … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: June 13-17, 2011

    House Cloakroom: June 13-17 Analysis: The House returned from a weeklong recess today and began legislative business.  Completing work on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill is first on the agenda today. Tomorrow, the House will convene at 10:00am and will consider the Agriculture Appropriations Bill.  Patent Reform … More