Tag Archives: United States Congress

The Drug Quality & Security Act

The Senate will convene today, Monday November 18, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 pm, with senators being allowed to speak for up to 10 minutes each. The filing deadline for all first degree amendments to H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and … Continue Reading

Senator Debbie Stabenow Publicly States That A Farm Bill Compromise is “Doable” Before Congress Leaves For Thanksgiving Break

Legislative Activity Farm Bill Conference Progress Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has remarked publicly that a farm bill compromise is “doable” before Congress leaves for the Thanksgiving break, as agreements may have been reached or are close to being reached on issues including dairy, crop insurance, and conservation. It also appears that the conference … Continue Reading

No Agreement on Government Spending Legislation

Last Tuesday, October 1, Congress had been unable to come to an agreement on government spending legislation, resulting in a shutdown of the U.S. government. The Senate will convene today, Monday, October 7 at 2:00 pm, and following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business (for debate only) until … Continue Reading

Senate Amends FY 2014 Continuing Resolution To Restore Funding For The Affordable Care Act

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Last Week’s Activity on FY 2014 Appropriations With a party-line vote, on Friday, September 27, the Senate amended the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution (CR) (H. J. Res. 59) as it was approved by the House on September 20, to restore funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148, P.L. 111-152) and shorten … Continue Reading

House to Set CFTC Budget & Mark Up Dodd-Frank Modification Bills

Legislative Activity Administration Nominations to be Considered this Week On Thursday, June 27, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to consider several of President Obama’s nominations, including Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA); Kara Stein and Mike Piwowar to be Commissioners at the Securities and … Continue Reading

Senate Works on Federally Subsidized Student Loans as House Continues to Overhaul No Child Left Behind

Legislative Activity Student Loan Reform Senators continue to work on a bipartisan deal to address federally subsidized student loan interest rates, which expire July 1. The long-term deal, which is expected to (1) peg the rates to the 10-year Treasury bill, (2) include a consolidated rate cap – something Democrats have called “non-negotiable,” and (3) … Continue Reading

Senate Commitees Drafting Cybersecurity Legislation; Senators Introduce Data Security Legislation; DHS Inspector General Report Issued

Legislative Branch Activity Cybersecurity Legislation In the Senate, the committees with jurisdiction over cybersecurity issues continue to work on drafting legislation that will be introduced in the coming weeks, including the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Senate Intelligence Committee. Previous efforts to pass cybersecurity … Continue Reading

Senator Reid Filed Cloture on Immigration Reform Bill; House Bipartisan Gang of Eight is Now Gang of Seven – Final Drafting of Bill Underway

Legislative Activity Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to debate on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) last Thursday, and the Senate will vote on the motion on Tuesday, June 11.  Majority Leader Reid plans to allow an open amendment process and up … Continue Reading