Washington Weekly
Jul. 6, 2015

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess.More

This Week

This week, both houses will tackle a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, the decade-old education reform law. Both the House and the Senate will vote on major changes to the nation's law governing public schools, and the double-bill floor debates alone are a victory for educators and advocates. Their requests to update the 15-year-old No Child Left Behind law have been repeatedly overshadowed by more pressing congressional priorities — trade, fiscal cliffs, highway trust-fund expirations and plain-old electioneering. In addition, leaders in the tax-writing and highway funding committees will continue to press their colleagues to combine highway funding with corporate tax reform, specifically, taxing overseas profits. The House will also take up held-over legislation to fund the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency.More

Item of Interest

Now that the Supreme Court is given full life to the Affordable Care Act, all parties in Washington are breathing a sigh of relief and are looking forward to getting back to governing. Now, the biggest challenge to Senate Republicans is not the number of votes they hold, but the packed schedule remaining for the summer. We're continuing to advance commonsense, bipartisan solutions like the PACE Act which would allow states to define employers of 51-100 as "large market" employers for purposes of providing healthcare. As well as they Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act, which will provide workable options for employers to administer and offer health coverage to their employees by creating a voluntary prospective reporting system and streamlining the reporting process for businesses under the ACA.More

ObamaCare Win Turns up Heat on GOP Presidential Field
The Hill
ObamaCare's victory at the Supreme Court is putting new pressure on Republican presidential candidates to map out a replacement to the healthcare law — a task that has eluded the party for more than five years. With President Barack Obama's law twice affirmed by the nation's high court, congressional Republicans now say a victory in 2016 is their best chance to tear down the statute and replace it with a GOP-favored alternative.More

Coming to a 2016 Campaign Near You: New Fiscal Cliff?
Surging tax receipts are likely to push the deadline to raise the nation's debt limit, once thought to come as soon as October, off until around December and maybe even beyond. That's good news for the deficit, which is likely to fall for the sixth consecutive year, below this year's projected shortfall of around $500 billion. More

Must-Pass Highway Bill Dominates Jammed July
National Journal
With a monthlong recess looming in August, Congress is going to try to pack as much as possible into July. In the next three weeks, members will have to contend with several pieces of must-pass legislation, meet a July 31 deadline to fill the nation's Highway Trust Fund, and lay the groundwork for even more critical legislation due in the early fall.More

Congress Could Face Rush to Review Iran Nuclear Deal
Roll Call
If everything goes according to Secretary of State John Kerry's timeline, Congress will face a rush to review and respond to a nuclear deal with Iran before leaving town again for August recess. Kerry said July 5 that while there are significant issues still to be resolved and it could go in either direction, the goal was to get a deal by July 7, which would be within the window that provides for 30 days of review and potential disapproval by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.More