December 1, 2014

Legislative Focus: Omnibus Spending Bill, Tax Compromise and FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act

Today the Senate convened at 2:00 p.m. with a series of votes beginning at 5:30 p.m. Senators will vote on a motion to limit debate on the nomination of Noah Bryson Mamet to be ambassador to Argentina and Colleen Bradley Bell to be ambassador to Hungary.

The House also reconvened at 2:00 p.m., with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.  The House is expected to consider ten suspension bills, including 5 land conveyance bills and H.R. 5421, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy act.  Among the land conveyance bills is H.R. 2455  - Nevada Native Nations Lands Act, as amended- sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei.

This month, lawmakers are expected to discuss an omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded past December 11th, when the current continuing resolution runs out. House and Senate Appropriators are expected to meet today to try and resolve any outstanding disagreements. House lawmakers are said to be crafting hybrid legislation that would be part continuing resolution and part omnibus, with more restraints placed on agencies that will be tasked with carrying out President Obama’s executive actions, while still prescribing long term spending levels for other agencies.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate are also said to be nearing completion of a compromise tax proposal. Issues that remain unresolved include the wind protection tax credit and the earned income tax credit. House and Senate negotiators are also reportedly close to reaching a compromise on the annual Defense Authorization bill.

Key Hearings and Markups

Senate Environment and Public Works

  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup to consider pending environment and public works bills and nominations; Tuesday, December 2 at TBA, 406 Dirksen Building.  
  • Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled “Innovation and the Utilities of the Future: How Local Water Treatment Facilities are Leading the Way to Better Manage Wastewater and Water Supplies”; Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 a.m., 406 Dirksen Building.
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled “Super Pollutants Act of 2014″; Tuesday, December 2 at 2:15 p.m., 406 Dirksen Building.
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled “NRC’s [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and Other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety”; Wednesday, December 3 at 10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Building.

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry

  • Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing titled “Farmers and Fresh Water: Voluntary Conservation to Protect our Land and Waters” witnesses include Michael Collins, mayor of Toledo, OH; Trudy Fisher, former executive director of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; and Jason Weller, chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture; Wednesday, December 3 at 10 a.m., 328A Russell Building.

Senate Finance

  • Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Subcommittee of Senate Finance Committee hearing titled “Natural Gas Vehicles: Fueling American Jobs, Enhancing Energy Security and Achieving Emissions Benefits”; Wednesday, December 3 at 2:30 p.m., 215 Dirksen Building.   

House Armed Services

  • House Armed Services Committee hearing titled “National Defense Panel Assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review”; Tuesday, December 2 at 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn Building.

House Energy and Commerce

  • Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled “Takata Airbag Ruptures and Recalls”; Wednesday, December 3 at 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Building.
  • Health Subcommittee of House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing titled “The Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program”; Wednesday, December 3 at 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn Building.

House Homeland Security

  • House Homeland Security Committee hearing titled “Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security”; Tuesday, December 2 at 9 a.m., 311 Cannon Building.

House Judiciary

  • House Judiciary Committee hearing on President Obama’s executive action on immigration Tuesday, December 2 at 1 p.m., 2141 Rayburn Building.