Monday, February 24, 2014

Capitol Hill This Week - What to Watch For

Below are the U.S. House and Senate hearings and meetings currently scheduled for this week that relate to Mississippi River Basin water resources. Links are provided to the relevant Committee pages on the Internet. Many Congressional proceedings are webcast live, and these may be, as well (follow the appropriate link). All times are Eastern.

At some time during the week, most likely on Wednesday or Thursday, the full House is scheduled to take up H.R. 3370 - the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. Among other things, that bill would prohibit Federal Emergency Management Agency from implementing flood insurance rate hikes for certain properties, scheduled to take place under provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. For more background on this issue, see this article.

Date to-be-determined
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Water and Power Subcommittee hearing to consider pending legislation, including S. 1800, the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act, a bill
    Angostura Dam and Reservoir
    Cheyenne River, South Dakota
    that, among other things, would require the Department of Interior to report to Congress information on maintenance needs and potential public safety threats at individual Bureau of Reclamation projects due to aging infrastructure, and major repair and rehabilitation needs (i.e., related to the safety of dams, extraordinary operations at and maintenance of dams, deferred maintenance, and all other significant repairs and extraordinary maintenance). Bureau of Reclamation's Missouri River Basin program in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming is composed of about 150 "units," each of which has been or is being constructed or investigated; SD-366 Senate Dirksen Building; 2:30 PM.

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