The Week Back & Week Ahead In Congress - Summary

Erin Carson, Lead Analyst Tuesday May 27th 2014

VoteTocracy produces a weekly summary of major action in Congress, making it easy to learn what has recently happened, and what is about to occur.

Our Week Back & Week Ahead piece provides more than just a list of bills scheduled for activity.  We provide concise narrative offering additional insights into the summary of major activity for the week just ending and a look ahead at what is expected in Congress this week.  It treats both branches as well as Committee activity.  For example, here is a selection from our treatment of the week of 25May2014: 

The Week Back

The House also passed the conference agreement to a comprehensive water resources bill – H.R. 3080 – the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, which addresses water projects for mitigating storm damage and flooding. Congress has not passed a water resources bill like H.R. 3080 since 2007. The bill will now go to the President for final approval.

Despite rumors that the Senate could find a path through partisan differences, the Senate tax extenders bill did not make it back on the Senate calendar last week. At this stage, it looks like S. 2260, the EXPIRE Act, (using H.R. 3474 as the new legislative vehicle) could be dead until after the mid-term elections. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a full Committee mark-up on Wednesday May 21, and reported 19 bills out of Committee. Three of those bills were policy bills and the remaining 16 bills simply renamed various post offices.  The three bills of substance were: H.R.4671 - Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act of 2014 – a bill to extend authorization for the Public Interest Declassification Advisory Board; H.R.2750 The Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act  -- a bill to help small contractors bid on federal construction jobs both passed Committee by unanimous consent; and  H.R.4670 The Secure Delivery for America Act -- a controversial bill to mandate that the United States Postal Service switch 1.5 million door-to-door delivery addresses to “clusterbox” or curb-side delivery every year for 10 years. 

The Week Ahead

The Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee of the Western Hemisphere will mark-up H.R. 4640, which would establish a Drug Policy Commission Act for the Western Hemisphere. Western Hemisphere countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru are the sources of most of the cocaine and heroin consumed in the United States. In addition, 17 countries in the Western Hemisphere have been identified as major drug transit or producing countries.