The Senate reconvened on Monday, April 11 for legislative business and adjourned on Thursday, April 14. The House of Representatives reconvened on Tuesday, April 12 and adjourned on Friday, April 15. The appropriations process got off to an early start this week, with both House and Senate committees making progress on spending bills. The Senate also focused on the many amendments to the FAA reauthorization measure.
Featured Issue: Brady’s Tax Overhaul
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) vowed on Friday, April 15 to produce an outline for a long-range overhaul of the tax code by June, while continuing to press for a possible year-end international tax rewrite. Brady said in an interview Friday that his vision for a tax outline would be unveiled in two months and would leave the door open for action on a potential international tax measure after the 2016 elections.
The House’s schedule has not yet been published. However, the Senate reconvenes at 3:00 PM (ET) on Monday, April 18. Following leader remarks, the chamber will resume consideration of the FAA reauthorization vehicle (HR 636). At 5:30 PM (ET), pursuant to a unanimous consent agreement, the Thune (R-SD) amendment no. 3680 will be adopted, the Thune substitute amendment no. 3679, as amended, will be adopted, and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill (HR 636). The Senate could then vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Energy-Water appropriations measure (HR 2028), though such a vote has not yet been scheduled.
Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region is asking the Obama administration to help plug a $100 million monthly budget gap that threatens to undermine the Kurds’ front-line fight against the Islamic State. Officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government have been in Washington for a week of meetings with the White House, Congress, State Department and Pentagon to try to push their case for what they say is desperately needed financial assistance as well as military aid.