In addition to the committee activities listed below, Congressional budget negotiators will attempt to craft a Budget Resolution that reconciles differences between the previously-passed House and Senate versions. The final budget, if passed, is not signed by the President, but under Congressional rules, provides top-line funding limits within which the House and Senate appropriation committees are to work as they draft their fiscal year 2016 spending bills.
A Senate-House conference committee could formally begin its work on a compromise budget as early as this week. To meet an April 15 statutory deadline (which has been routinely missed in the past), the two Budget Committee chairmen - Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) - will need to appoint conferees to a House-Senate conference committee, have them agree on spending levels, and then have the conference report passed by both the House and Senate, all by Wednesday.
All times below are Eastern. This page will be updated as warranted.
- Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight hearing entitled “Oversight of the Management of the Federal Environmental Protection, Chemical Safety, and Fish and Wildlife Agencies;” 9:30 AM, room 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials oversight hearing of the "Ongoing Rail, Pipeline, and Hazmat Rulemakings;" 10:00 AM, room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.
- House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research hearing regarding "A Presentation by National 4-H Conference Participants Concerning the Future of Agriculture in the United States;" 1:00 PM, room 1300 Longworth House Office Building.
- House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans oversight hearing on "Federal Water Grabs" (will focus on the U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' proposed "Waters of the United States" rule and the U.S. Forest Service's "groundwater directive"); 1:30 PM, room 1324 Longworth House Office Building.
- House Energy and Commerce Committee markup and vote on the Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015, which would modify the U.S. EPA's new coal combustion waste disposal rule and create a state-centered oversight system; 5:00 PM (continuing on Wednesday starting at 10:00 AM), room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
- House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands oversight hearing on "Federal Land Acquisition and its Impacts on Communities and the Environment" (likely to focus on the use of the Land and Water Conservation Fund); 9:00 AM, room 1324 Longworth House Office Building.
- CHANGE - House Energy and Commerce Committee markup and vote on the Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015, which would modify the U.S. EPA's new coal combustion waste disposal rule and create a state-centered oversight system; 10:00 AM (continuing from Tuesday), room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of H.R. 1732 - The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (regarding Waters of the U.S. proposed rule); H.R. 1471 - FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015 (reauthorizing FEMA through 2018, and addressing post-disaster relief management); and H.R. 944 - To reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes; 10:00 AM, room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building).
- House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies markup of FY 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (funding for Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior-Bureau of Reclamation); 10:00 AM, room 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building.
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing: "An Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Missions;" 2:00 PM, room 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.