Congress Returns from its Summer Recess
September 9, 2014 09:41 AM
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate return this week from Congress’ five-week summer recess. While there are many pressing foreign and domestic issues facing lawmakers, expectations are low that much outside of passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open will be achieved before Congress again adjourns for the Midterm Elections. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is eyeing September 23 for the Senate’s adjournment. House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) is looking for his chamber to adjourn on September 19.
A recent article in Politico outlines the legislative strategy for this brief session:
“Senate Democrats are preparing to load up the calendar with politically charged bills, kicking off election season with a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to allow Congress and the states to more tightly regulate how campaigns are financed. Once that bill meets a certain death in the Senate, Democrats are looking at reviving other proposals — such as one to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, another to let people more easily refinance their student loans and another to close the wage gap between men and women...
House Republicans will spend the month focusing almost exclusively on branding Senate Democrats as obstructionists. The House is attempting to pass two large bills, one containing a number of so-called jobs measures, the other one filled with energy proposals. Neither of them will even get a vote in the Senate — but that’s the point.
As the political theater takes shape, leaders in both parties are quietly laying the groundwork to get their must-pass business done. The House’s government funding bill, which would extend funding until Dec. 11, sources say, will be ready for public viewing by Tuesday. There’s serious talk about loading up the government-funding bills with multiple items, including an extension of an Internet tax moratorium and a renewal of the Export-Import Bank, an entity reviled by conservatives but strongly backed by the business community.”
With both Senate Democrats and House Republicans packing the calendar with Election-year messaging bills, and the need to extend funding for the Federal Government beyond the end of the month, the home care and hospice community likely won’t see any movement on legislation that is important to the care the deliver and the patients they serve.
Although there is little chance that Congress will act on any of the key issues facing home care and hospice, now that lawmakers are back in session, NAHC urges all of its members to contact their elected officials are urge them to support NAHC’s legislative priorities.
To view NAHC’s issues on its Legislative Action Network, please click here.
To read the full Politico article referenced above, please click here.