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    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

    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