Washington Weekly
Jul. 7, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess.More

This Week

The House returns this week to continue FY '15 appropriations with Energy and Water appropriations (with contentious policy riders expected) on the schedule. Financial Services may also be addressed. In addition, the House expects to pass the bipartisan, bicameral Workforce and Innovation Act, as well as a measure to improve anti-terrorism standards at chemical facilities. The Senate may end debate on the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014 sponsored by Democrat Kay Hagan, who is in a closely watched race for re-election in North Carolina. The bill would give the Interior Secretary authority to issue electronic duck stamps to the states, as well as a provision allowing importation of legally hunted polar bears.More

Item of Interest

With nearly 20 legislative days remaining for the summer, House and Senate leaders must address piles of unfinished business before lawmakers return home for reelection. Aside from the annual funding measures that must get signed into law before the conclusion of the fiscal year, Congress has a slate of issues to address, including the rare legislative tactic that the House will take up to sue the President of the United States. Other items on the radar include a reauthorization of the controversial Export-Import Bank, which many conservatives oppose as corporate handouts. An agreement on Veterans Administration reforms, which if left unfinished, is sure to leave a black eye on Congress. In addition, the administration is saying there is an urgent need to fill the highway trust fund, and if not done before Congress adjourns for August, road construction projects will be halted.More

New Overtime Regulations Coming in November
The Hill
Workers should know by November if they will be eligible for overtime pay under Labor Department draft regulations, new projections show. President Barack Obama directed the agency in March to overhaul regulations to allow millions of additional workers to receive overtime pay. At the time, Labor Secretary Tom Perez declined to give a timeline for the regulations.More

Minimum Wage Regulations to Cost $500 Million Over Next Five Years
The Hill
Regulations proposed recently to lift the minimum wage for federal contractors will cost employers and taxpayers an estimated $100 million next year and just over $500 million by 2019, according to the Obama administration.More

John Boehner Hits Back at 'So Sue Me'
House Speaker John Boehner is accusing President Barack Obama of ignoring the Constitution, calling it "utterly beneath the dignity of the office." In an op-ed on CNN.com, Boehner noted that after he announced plans to bring a lawsuit against Obama for overstepping his executive authority, the president responded, "So sue me." More

The Method and Madness of Those Pesky Fundraising Emails
Real Clear Politics
The subject lines on the emails read like they could have been sent by exes, stalkers — or cultists awaiting the apocalypse. "Throw in the towel," says one. "Kiss all hope goodbye," reads another. A third simply says, "Doomed."More