Monday, July 28, 2014

Capitol Hill This Week - What to Watch For

As the clock ticks down toward the mid-term election in less than 100 days, the U.S. House is scheduled to be in session four more days this month, no days in August, ten days in September and two days in October. Today (Monday), the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 935, a bill that would allow farmers to spray pesticides near bodies of water without a permit.  That bill would bar the U.S. EPA from requiring a Clean Water Act permit for the activity, which would be considered a discharge of pesticides to a waterway.   Also scheduled for full House consideration this week is H.R. 4315, the ‘‘Endangered Species  Transparency and Reasonableness Act,’’ a controversial bill that would modify the 40-year-old Endangered Species Act.

Below are the other House and Senate activities currently scheduled for this week's four legislative days that relate to Mississippi River Basin water resources. Links are provided to the relevant committee web pages, and, where appropriate, to pieces of legislation. Many Congressional proceedings are webcast live, and these should be, as well (follow the appropriate link). All times are Eastern.  This page will be updated as warranted.

  • House Rules Committee meeting to discuss the rules for full House consideration of H.R. 4315,  the "21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act," 5:00 PM, room H-313 The Capitol.
  • House Small Business Committee hearing on "Regulatory Overreach: Is EPA Meeting Its Small Business Obligations?" - to examine the EPA's compliance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act in relation to the agency's recent rule makings; 10:00 AM, room 2360 Rayburn House Office Building.
  • House Natural Resources Full Committee hearing on several bills, including: S. 311, the “Lower Mississippi River Area Study Act,” to study the suitability and feasibility of designating sites in the Lower Mississippi River Area in Louisiana as a unit of the National Park System;  H.R. 5026, To prohibit closing or repurposing any propagation fish hatchery or aquatic species propagation program of the Department of the Interior unless such action is expressly authorized by an Act of Congress, and for other purposes. “the Fish Hatchery Protection Act;” and H.R. 5069, To amend the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to increase in the price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps to fund the acquisition of conservation easements for migratory birds, and for other purposes. “the Federal Duck Stamp Act;”  10:00 AM, room 1334 Longworth House Office Building.

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