THE WEEK AHEAD
Both chambers of Congress have recessed until after the 2012 elections.
KEY HEARINGS & MARKUPS
SENATE PASSES CR; MOVES TO PRESIDENT
The Senate voted 62-30 to approve a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government operating through March 27, 2013. The CR includes a $1.047 spending limit that was part of last year’s Budget Control Act. The bill calls for most regular discretionary accounts to receive the exact annualized amount they received in fiscal 2012 plus an extra 0.612 percent. The President is expected to sign the bill later this week.
SENATE PASSES MILITARY COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE BILL
The Senate passed S. 3624, the Military Commercials Driver’s License Act, by unanimous consent late Friday night. The bill, introduced Thursday night by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) would permit states to issue commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) to members of the military whose duty station is located within that state.
Under current law, states are only permitted to issue CDLs to permanent legal residents in that state. The legislation would also allow veterans who received a CDL during their military service to transfer their license to their permanent home of record.
A similar bill, H.R. 6456, has been introduced by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
HOUSE LIKELY TO TAKE UP FARM BILL IN LAME-DUCK SESSION
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the 2012 farm bill will be considered after the fall elections. Without an extension, the 2008 farm bill will expire on Sept. 30. While the expiration will not immediately affect the bill’s large commodity subsidy and nutrition programs, several conservation and energy programs will be unable to enroll new participants come Oct. 1. The House Agriculture Committee approved its bill in July. The Senate passed its version of the bill in June.