What’s happening this week in D.C.: July 13-17

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The U.S. House of Representatives returned on Monday after wrapping up last week with an explosive debate over a Confederate flag amendment in the Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill effectively stalling the House appropriations process just three weeks before the big August recess. This has forced leadership to scrap their previous plans and take the House Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which was expected to hit the floor this week, off the schedule as they work to solve the impasse.

This puts the House Leadership goal of passing all 12 individual spending bills before the August recess in jeopardy. After Congress returns from the August recess, it will only have a few weeks before government funding runs out on Sept. 30, either forcing a continuing resolution (CR) or a risk a government shutdown.

Appropriations aside, Monday House is in session and will consider several bills under suspension of the rules including H.R. 208: the Superstorm Sandy Relief Act, which requires the Small Business Administration to resume providing disaster loans to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Tuesday, the House will consider several more bills under suspension of the rules dealing with various financial regulatory issues.

On Wednesday, the House is poised to take up H.R. 2898: the Western Water and American Food Security Act. The bill takes numerous actions intended to quickly increase the availability of water for agricultural, municipal and industrial users in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley.

The House may may also consider a motion to go to conference on  H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act.

Friday, the House is not in session.

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