Congress will start turning its attention to the 12 annual spending bills to get as many of the measures passed as they can before their summer vacation/reelection campaign begins in earnest in August. It is likely the House or Senate may turn to defense spending and other issues this week that are complicated by sequestration. The Senate has also signaled it will turn to cybersecurity issues this month, and the House is preparing to pass the massive farm bill. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says they will take up a measure to extend former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts before the August break, while in the Senate Democrats are having a harder time bringing up a more limited tax break measure for a vote. Committee schedules are packed this week. On Tuesday the House Foreign Affairs Committee will look at the global challenges on Lyme disease. The House Financial Services Committee will examine monetary policy and the state of the economy on Wednesday and the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on facial recognition technology and civil liberty issues. Also on Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee will examine defense sequestration impacts on U.S. businesses, and the House Natural Resources Committee will markup a bill to replace a plan by President Barack Obama to limit drilling on the outer continental shelf. A transportation subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “A Decade After 9/11, Could American Flight Schools Still Unknowingly Be Training Terrorists?” and the House Homeland Security Committee will examine the use of unmanned aerial systems. The post This week in Congress: Spending bills, drone hearing appeared first on Conservative News, Views & Books .
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This week in Congress: Spending bills, drone hearing
Conservative House Republicans are again going after President Barack Obama’s budget to regulate Wall Street, build rural water projects and send food aid overseas as the latest in a series of spending bills get under way.
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House GOP mixes some increases with spending cuts
Republicans controlling the House are sparing the Pentagon, military veterans and most homeland security programs from the budget knife as action begins on a set of spending bills setting the day-to-day budgets for federal agencies.
House spares Pentagon, homeland security from cuts
Congress returns to work after a weeklong recess and begins the arduous task of passing annual spending bills to fund all federal agencies in 2013.
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AP – House Republicans have dotted nine remaining spending bills with well more than 100 “riders” that would redirect government policy or maintain it in some cases despite objections from President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Most are unlikely to survive in final negotiations on a massive bill for funding government operations through next September.
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