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  • This Week in Congress: January 13-17

    House Analysis: This week, the House may consider the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, which is a bill that would amend Obamacare to require transparency in the operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges. This attempt to improve the transparency and security of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, speaks … More

    This Week in Congress: January 6-10

    House Analysis: This week, the House may consider legislation to amend the Exchange Information Disclosure Act, a bill designed to increase transparency in the operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges. It may also consider the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014, a bill to require notifying individuals of breaches of … More

    Cloakroom: December 16 – December 20

    The House is out of session this week.  Senate Analysis: This week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to file cloture on the Ryan-Murray budget. The House passed the budget deal last week by a vote of 331 to 94. It is comprised of short-term spending increases and a short-term deficit increase, among many … More

    Cloakroom: December 9 – December 13

    House Analysis: This week, the House may vote on the farm bill conference report, which is a tentative framework reconciling the flawed House and Senate farm bills. One of the glaring flaws in the compromise is that it replaces direct payments — a program that pays farmers even when they have not produced anything that … More

    Cloakroom: December 2 – December 6

    House Major Floor Action: H.R. 3309 – The Innovation Act Major Committee Action: The House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing entitled “The Health Care Law: The Effect of the Business Aggregation Rules on Small Employers.” The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Evaluating the Role of FERC … More

    Cloakroom: November 18 – November 22

    House Analysis: This week, the House may consider a series of energy bills. As part of a broader effort to keep gas prices down in America, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act aims to expedite the federal review process for natural gas pipeline permit applications, modernizing the review process … More

    Cloakroom: November 11 – November 15

    House Analysis: This week the House may consider the “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013.” The bill would seek to redefine the “grandfather clause” in Obamacare to prevent Americans from receiving cancellation notices of their health insurance policies. Still, this legislation would fail to address the fundamental flaws of Obamacare. … More

    Cloakroom: October 28 – November 1

    House  Analysis: This week the House may consider two bills that would amend Dodd-Frank, the Retail Investor Protection Act and the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act.  On October 30, conferees from the House and Senate will meet to begin conferencing the House and Senate farm bills. Major Floor Action: H.R. 2374 – Retail Investor Protection … More

    Cloakroom: October 21 – 25

    House Cloakroom Analysis: This week, the House is expected to consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA). This bill will allow the federal government to spend taxpayer money on activities that would be more appropriately and efficiently managed by states, localities, or the private sector. Lawmakers should be allowed to offer amendments to … More

    Cloakroom: October 14 – October 18

    House Cloakroom Analysis: Over the past several weeks, the House passed several bills to fund the entire government while defunding/delaying/undermining Obamacare and then nearly a dozen bills to fund various government agencies and functions like the Department of Veterans Affairs and the national parks. These solutions have been rejected by President Obama and the Senate … More