What to expect from those people you sent to Congress up to November’s elections…

…from the Hill….

There’s six months to go before the elections, and Congress could get a lot done between now and then.

But don’t bet on it.

The following is a list of items on Congress’s plate.

Likely to become law

• Government funding

With the government shutdown still fresh in their minds, House GOP leaders won’t repeat the mistakes of 2013. This week, the House will launch their appropriations efforts, pushing three bills to fund Congress, the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and military construction projects and Veterans Affairs.

It is doubtful that Republicans will succeed in advancing all 12 appropriations bills before the Oct. 1 deadline, as some are hoping. But December’s bipartisan budget deal between Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has established a top-line figure that should ease the process, even amid grumbling from some members on the far left and far right.

• Women’s History Museum

After years of lobbying efforts by supporters on and off of Capitol Hill, legislation promoting a national women’s history museum around The Mall in Washington finally has legs this year. The bill has already passed unanimously through a pair of House committees, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has vowed to bring the measure to the floor, where it will likely pass easily. The Senate is expected to follow suit.

• Tax extenders

There’s growing pressure on Capitol Hill to renew the tax extenders package, a long list of tax breaks for businesses and individuals alike, including multibillion-dollar credits for renewable fuel technology and research and development.

Those tax breaks expired at the end of last year, but the Senate Finance Committee passed its $85 billion renewal bill earlier this month, and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has scheduled a Tuesday hearing on the issue, focused heavily on his efforts to make several of those tax breaks permanent.

The tax extenders package is seen as the one final chance to pass major tax legislation this Congress, although there’s a growing sense that such action is more likely after the elections than before.

Unlikely to become law

• Immigration reform


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2 thoughts on “What to expect from those people you sent to Congress up to November’s elections…”

  1. The GOP keeps the House.

    The Senate is where the action is.

    And immigration reform?


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