Monday, March 3, 2014

Capitol Hill This Week - What to Watch For

Below are the U.S. House and Senate activities currently scheduled for this week that relate to Mississippi River Basin water resource issues (Please note: this is the schedule as of Monday morning; however snow delays and cancellations may impact the schedule somewhat).

The President is set to release an overview of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal to Congress on Tuesday, March 4 (you will be able to view that at this Office of Management and Budget web site).  Release of the President's proposal will kick off a series of budget hearings on Capitol Hill during the subsequent weeks  Some of those have already been scheduled for this week, beginning on Wednesday morning, and the water resource related budget hearings are listed below (budget details will be released by the White House during next week).

In addition to the committee activities, below, the full House is currently scheduled to consider H.R. 3370 - the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act - on Wednesday.  Last week's scheduled vote on the bill was postponed when it became apparent that the measure would not pass.  Since the postponement, the bill's supporters have tried to line up additional votes in favor of passage (and may possibly amend the bill in the process of attracting additional support).  Among other things, the bill would prohibit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from increasing flood insurance risk premium rates to reflect the current risk of flood for certain properties.

Links are provided to the relevant Committee pages on the Internet. Many Congressional proceedings are webcast live, and these should be, as well (follow the appropriate link).  All times are Eastern.


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