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House and Senate Cloakroom: June 4 – June 8, 2012

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House and Senate Cloakroom: June 4 – June 8, 2012

On 06.05.12 07:00 AM posted by Josh Robbins


House Cloakroom: June 4 – June 8, 2012


Analysis: This week the House will continue consideration of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that was brought to the floor last week.* There are expected to be several amendments to decrease the spending in this bill and end loan guarantee programs like the one that gave over $500 million to the now defunct Solyndra.* The House will also vote on a bill that would repeal the onerous tax on medical devices that was put in place by Obamacare.

Major Floor Action:
  • HR 5325 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012
  • HR 436 – Protect Medical Innovation Act (Medical Device Tax Repeal)
Major Committee Action:
  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on “Political Influence on BLS Data.”
  • The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the Investment Advisor Oversight Act.
  • The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Justice Department Oversight.”
  • The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on “EPA Enforcement Oversight.”
  • The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on “Medicare Fraud Prevention.”
Senate Cloakroom: June 4 – June 8, 2012


Analysis: The Senate returns from their Memorial Day recess this week and will move to the Paycheck Fairness Act.* The bill is ostensibly meant to help eliminate any discrepancy in pay between men and women, but is more likely to only increase the number of lawsuits filed against employers.* The bill is not expected to pass and will likely become a political exercise.* The Senate could also take up an extension of current student loan rates if a deal between Democrats and Republicans is reached.

*Major Floor Action:
  • S 3220 – Paycheck Fairness Act
Major Committee Action:

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