In addition to the spending measure, there will likely be some other floor activity in each chamber that relates to the River Basin natural resources or to those in the nation as a whole. Those are listed, below, along with relevant committee activity for the week.
Legislative language has not been released and details are lacking. However, Senate and House appropriators indicate that environmental and energy agencies would largely escape unscathed by "riders" (or amendments) attached to the year-end spending bill. GOP members in particular entertained riders in the past that sought to block implementation of various U.S. EPA, Army Corps and Interior Department rules. Just before Thanksgiving, 91 House members (all but one Republican) sent a letter to House Appropriations leaders asking that the cromnibus include a provision from the House-passed Energy and Water Development funding bill that would block implementation of the Obama Administration so-called "Waters of the U.S." rule (the corresponding Senate draft was written rider-free). House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said on Tuesday, "I don't think most of the riders are going to be included."
Only one federal agency - the Department of Homeland Security - would be excluded from the longer-term portion of the overall spending bill. Homeland Security (as discussions currently stand) would only be funded via a CR into sometime in February or March, when Republicans will control both the House and Senate, and arguably be in a better position to block implementation of President Obama's immigration executive order. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he anticipates that some House Democrats will join with Republicans to pass the trillion-dollar spending package next week. Some Tea Party conservative Republicans continue to resist backing the bill.
- On Tuesday evening, December 9, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the confirmations of Virginia Tyler Lodge and Ronald Anderson Walter to be Members of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, each for a term expiring May 18, 2019.
- The House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements will hold a Wednesday hearing on EPA's management of the renewable fuel standard (9:30 AM EST, in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building).
- At some point during the week, the Senate will likely vote on a bill ("Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014"), reauthorizing the U.S. Coast Guard for 2015. The measure was passed by the House this week, moving on to the Senate for likely passage there.