Monday morning Speaker John Boehner postponed the election of majority leader and majority whip until next month, a move many consider a direct blow to Rep. Steve Scalise who announced Sunday night he had the votes necessary to win the race for majority leader.
The election was scheduled for Thursday. Instead, on that day, the 247-member Republican caucus will select a speaker to replace Boehner, who announced his resignation last month.
The U.S. House of Representatives returns Tuesday to consider several bills under suspension of the rules. A full list of bills can be found here.
This week the house will consider:
H.R. 538: the Native American Energy Act. The bill provides for the expedited review and consideration of energy projects on Native American lands, and it limits federal fracking regulations on Indian trust lands, vesting Indian tribes with more authority over energy and natural resources activities on their own tribal lands.
H.R. 3192: the Homebuyers Assistance Act. The bill provides a temporary safe harbor for lenders from from enforcement of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s integrated disclosure requirements for mortgage loan transactions, prohibiting enforcement of the rules and lawsuits against lenders until then as long as the lender makes a good-faith effort to comply with the rules through Feb. 1, 2016.
H.R. 702: a bill to Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions. The bill allows the export of crude oil produced in the United States by repealing the outdated ban on crude oil exports imposed by the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (PL 94-163).
- Alabama co-sponsor: Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01)
Next week, the House is in recess.