Looking to the Week Ahead in the Congress


Looking Ahead: In the House

Congress will return on July 9th, so mark your calendars!

The House is poised to consider up to three spending bills for 2013 next week:

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act (HR 5856)
This bill spends $519 billion on the Defense Department, an increase over 2012. It cuts spending on war operations in Afghanistan and Iraq by about $27 billion.

The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (HR 5973)
This bill cuts spending at the Department of Agriculture and related agencies by $365 million. Democrats are expected to oppose some cuts in the bill, including a $250 million cut to the Food for Peace program, which uses U.S. commodities to help alleviate hunger overseas.

The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act (HR 6020)
This bill spends $21.5 billion on the Department of Treasury and related agencies. The bill includes language that would specifically prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from moving money to the Internal Revenue Service to implement the 2010 healthcare law.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has scheduled a vote to repeal ObamaCare on July 11th.

Related Health Care Reform Repeal Bills

The Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act (HR 6048)
Amends the tax code to repeal the individual and employer health insurance mandates.

The NObamacare Act (HR 6053)
Repeals the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health-related provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 not declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The NObamacare Funds Act (HR 6054)
Prohibits funding to implement any provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or of the health-related provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Looking Ahead: In the Senate

The Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act (S 2237)
Provides a temporary income tax credit for increased payroll and extend bonus depreciation for an additional year. (Senate begins consideration on July 11th)

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