This Week’s Update

This week’s Washington Update covers: taxes; financial services; energy and environment; defense; health; transportation and infrastructure; and technology.

This Week in Congress

  • House – The House passed amended versions of the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014” (H.J. Res. 59) twice and requested a conference committee with the Senate on the continuing resolution. The House passed the “Pay Our Military Act” (H.R. 3210) to continue appropriations for military pay during the government shutdown and passed a number of bills to fund various federal programs, including the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit operations, the National Institutes of Health, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, National Park Service Operations, and the Smithsonian museums. The House also passed the “Drug Quality and Security Act” (H.R. 3204).

 

  • Senate – Twice, the Senate rejected the House amendments to “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014” (H.J. Res. 59) and also rejected the House’s request for a conference committee. Thus far, the Senate has refused to take up any of the House passed targeted appropriations bills except for the “Pay Our Military Act” (H.R. 3210), which was passed by unanimous consent. The Senate passed the “Emergency Relief for Disasters Occurring in 2013” (S. 1560) to allow certain emergency relief amounts to be made available to the Federal Highway Administration to use for disasters occurring in calendar year 2013. The Senate requested a conference committee with the House on the “FARM Act of 2013” (H.R.2642) and appointed conferees.

 

Next Week in Congress

  • House – The House will meet on Saturday, October 5 for legislative business. The House is expected to consider the “Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act” (H.R. 3223).

 

  • Senate – The Senate will be in session Saturday, October 5 and may have roll call votes depending on House action.

 

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