Monday, September 8, 2014

Capitol Hill This Week - What to Watch For

The U.S. House and Senate return this week from an August hiatus to begin a short September work session before breaking again during the run-up to November's mid-term election.  Including the week of September 22 off, the House is scheduled to be in session through Thursday, October 2, although members will very likely forego that last week, and exit town after the upcoming two-week stint.  On the near-term agenda for Congress will be a stop-gap Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government funded beyond the September 30 end to the current fiscal year. Look for a bipartisan push for a clean (rider-free) measure that will fund the government at least into December.  The House may take up the short-term spending bill as early as this Thursday.

The House Rules Committee will meet today (Monday) to clear the way for full House consideration of H.R. 5078, the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014."  H.R. 5078 is a bill that would limit the ability of the administration to implement rules, policy or guidance redefining the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy named House consideration of that bill one of many Republican September legislative priorities.

Below are the other House and Senate activities currently scheduled for the week 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.


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