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April 29, 2011

House Schedule - Energy, Health Care, Syria

Committee Passed

H.R. 1213: To repeal mandatory funding provided to States in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges.

H.R. 1214: To repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction
House looks to cut another piece of 'ObamaCare' law next week
House Republicans next week will resume their quest to eliminate last year's healthcare law one piece at a time, this time by terminating a grant program that funds school-based health center construction.

H.R. 1215: To amend title V of the Social Security Act to convert funding for personal responsibility education programs from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.

H.R. 1216: To amend the Public Health Service Act to convert funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching health centers from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.


Floor Outlook

House preparing to pass energy bills after Easter recess
Republicans will work on three bills they say would break a de facto ban on new energy exploration.

CBO says energy bill up next week in the House would increase federal revenues
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Friday released an estimate that said H.R. 1230, the "Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act," would bring in an estimated $40 million in revenues over the next decade, and would cost just $2 million to implement. The bill is expected to be on the floor next week, and would require the administration to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. CBO said requiring lease sales would not affect revenues related to the Gulf, because the Department of the Interior already has an expectation of making these sales.


Hearings

Featured House hearings: GOP to focus on agriculture regulations, HHS priorities
House Republicans next week will continue to make the point that government regulations are impeding job growth, and are likely to be sharply critical of the increasing role that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is playing in the area of healthcare. On May 3, the House Agriculture and House Natural Resources Committees will hold a joint hearing to examine the costs of federal regulations on jobs and agriculture. Later in the week, on May 5, the House Education & the Workforce Committee will hear from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the priorities of her department.


Legislation Introduced

House ponders new sanctions against Iran, Syria
Republicans and Democrats in the House are mulling over the possibility of new sanctions against Iran and Syria, based on reports that Iran continues to enrich uranium and of violent protests that have resulted in the deaths of dozens of Syrians at the hands of government forces. Just before recessing, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) introduced H.R. 1655, which would impose tougher sanctions against Iran in reaction to that country's failure to give up its nuclear program.

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