The Senate is currently scheduled resume Farm Bill consideration this afternoon (Monday), although how the immigration bill might impact the week’s Senate farm bill schedule is uncertain at this point. Only twelve of (as of now) 150 officially-offered amendments have been considered thus far during the Senate debate (see the filed amendments listed on the Library of Congress page for the bill (click on "Amendments")). Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and ranking member Thad Cochran (R-MS) are hoping to limit Farm Bill amendment consideration on the Senate floor to get farm bill passed by the full Senate by the end of next week. Senate leaders wanted to forge a so-called time agreement in order to wrap up the farm bill quickly before the Senate takes up immigration legislation, but as of the end of last week, they hadn’t worked out such an agreement.
Below are other Congressional activities currently scheduled for the upcoming week with a Mississippi River Basin-Gulf Coastal connection. Where available, links are provided to the relevant Committee and legislation pages on the Internet. Many of the proceedings are webcast live (follow the appropriate link). All times are Eastern.
- House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing on "Defining Species Conservation Success: Tribal, State and Local Stewardship vs. Federal Courtroom Battles and Sue-and-Settle Practices;” 10:00 AM; room 1324 Longworth House Office Building
- Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to explore ways to improve federal wildland fire management; 10:00 AM; room SD-366 Senate Dirksen Building
- House Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee markup of Agriculture appropriations bill; 9:30 AM, room 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee hearing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers chief's reports for major water resources infrastructure projects; 10 AM; room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building
- House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements hearing: "Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA’s Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard;" 10 AM; room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building
- House Judiciary Committee markup of H.R. 1947, the "Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013;" 2:00 PM; room 2141 Rayburn House Office Building
- Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy markup of H.R. 2218, to regulate the disposal of power plant combustion waste and pre-empt a U.S. EPA hazardous materials designation (also markup of other bills); 4 PM Wednesday and continuing 9 AM Thursday; room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building
- Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to review programs and activities of the Department of the Interior; 9:30 AM; room SD-366 Senate Dirksen Building
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Gulf Restoration: A Progress Report Three Years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster; 10:30 AM; room 253 Russell Senate Office Building