WASHINGTON (1/7/14)--Legislation to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, an agricultural policy bill and a water conservation and development bill are some of the priorities on the agenda as the U.S. Congress begins its 2014 work this week.
The spending resolution will need to be approved by Jan. 15 to avoid another government shutdown. Democratic and Republican representatives have met on this issue over the winter recess.
The progress of the funding, farm and water bills will provide a good barometer of how much Congress is going to be able to get done this year, Credit Union National Association Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Ryan Donovan said. "If Congress is able to complete these bills sooner rather than later, it may show there is a window open for additional measures to move this spring. However, if these bills remain bogged down, it will likely mean we're in for more of the same gridlock in this session," he added.
Bills expected to be considered this week include the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act (S.1845), legislation that would delay flood insurance rate increases for homeowners residing in flood zones in revised maps (S. 1846), the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013 (H.R. 2279), the Exchange Information Disclosure Act (H.R. 3362) and the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014.
Hearings scheduled this week include: