Relatively Uncontroversial Agenda Awaits House Next Week
Legislation outlawing the use of caller ID manipulation technology and a bill requiring two federal agencies to inventory the radio spectrum are among the items on the House’s agenda next week when lawmakers return to Washington, D.C., from a two-week Easter recess.
Also on the agenda: a yet-to-be unveiled proposal from Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) that aims to provide assistance to taxpayers. Lewis’ proposal appears to be timed to coincide with the April 15 deadline for individuals to file their income tax returns.
The floor schedule, which Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office circulated late Thursday afternoon, is likely to provide Members with a welcome respite from the highly charged debate over health care that reached a fever pitch just before the recess.
A resolution honoring the miners who perished in this week’s coal mine explosion in West Virginia as well as a proposal remembering the victims of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing are among the items the House will consider, along with other run-of-the-mill, parochial bills, including legislation granting Congressional approval to changes in the membership of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission, which regulates private motor carriers in the D.C. area; congratulating the Duke University men’s basketball team on its national championship; and lauding House Chaplain Daniel Coughlin for his 10 years of service.
Although the House will come back into session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m., as they customarily are. The chamber is slated to be in session next Friday.