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. His site is a great resource for citizens wishing to keep track of what their members are up to in Washington, and we urge you to check it out. Follow the headlines below to the Congresspedia articles covering the respective issues, which in turn link to and heavily rely on McElroy’s analyses.
- The Senate debated a comprehensive immigration bill, though an attempt to invoke cloture on it fell fourteen votes short of the necessary sixty. It appears unlikely that the chamber will take up the issue again this year.
- Senate Republicans filibustered the Employee Free Choice Act. The bill, which passed in the House in March, would make it easier for workers to unionize.
- The House considered and passed appropriations bills for the Treasury Dept., the Executive Office of the President, and the Interior Dept.