It was a busy week on Capitol Hill, as many high-profile issues were debated and considered in both the House and Senate. The House took up several appropriations bills, while the Senate tried (and failed) to pass comprehensive immigration legislation. For an in-depth look at the bills considered in Congress since Monday, we again turn to Robert McElroy’s TheWeekInCongress.
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Both the House and Senate are in session this week, with each chamber expected to debate and consider several important bills and resolutions. Highlights include:
The Senate will return to debating a comprehensive immigration bill. Senate leaders have agreed to a list of twenty-four amendments that will receive floor votes, with a final vote on the bill expected by the end of the week.
The Senate will consider the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill previously passed by the House which would make it easier for workers to form unions.
The House will vote on two fiscal year (FY) 2008 spending bills; a $21.4 billion Financial Services measure and a $27.6 billion Interior-Environment bill. If passed, the Interior measure could face a veto threat as it is $1.9 billion above the Bush administration's request.
After the jump is a full listing of this week's House and Senate hearings, courtesy of GovTrack.
There was lots of action on Capitol Hill this past week, as many high-profile issues were debated and considered in both the House and Senate. The House took up veterans’ legislation and a State Department appropriations bill, while the Senate passed comprehensive energy legislation. For an in-depth look at the bills considered in Congress since Monday, we again turn to Robert McElroy’s TheWeekInCongress.
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