Washington Weekly
Aug. 4, 2014

Last Week

Prior to leaving town for the month of August, Congress cast numerous votes, but are leaving town with little else to show for their work. The House passed its version of the President's emergency appropriations supplemental, after initially pulling it from the floor over a lack of votes. Rather than providing emergency funding for agencies dealing with the crisis on the southern border, House Republicans sought to make changes to existing policy, such as amending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and strengthening the border. Specifically, to read the highlights of House passed bill, click here. The House and Senate sent a short-term extension to the President preventing any shortfalls in the highway trust fund. In addition, the House voted along party lines to sue the President "for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States." Finally, the House and Senate did agree on legislation to reform the Veterans Administration, by near unanimity, with 511 in favor and just 8 opposed. The Senate debated and failed to achieve cloture (60 votes) on legislation that incentivized companies to bring jobs back to the United States through the tax code. In addition, the Senate confirmed numerous executive branch nominees.More

This Week

The House and Senate are in recess until Sept. 8.More

Item of Interest

With the House and Senate back home for the next five weeks, do not forget that unless they are retiring, these are individuals who need you and your employees to re-elect them. Don't hesitate to contact your elected officials today and invite them to visit your facility. Learn more here and contact our office to learn how we can help. We're pleased that a Kentucky business is welcoming the Senate Minority Leader, as well as an Iowa business is welcoming top aides to Sen. Chuck Grassely. These are relationships that can benefit you and your company.More

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