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Congress this week: Republicans call the Democrats’ bluff

This week on the Hill…

 

The House needs to take care of several issues this week before adjourning on Friday for the two-week Easter recess, beginning today with a temporary spending measure to fund highway construction for three months beyond the March 31 deadline. The House is also expected to swiftly approval final passage of the JOBS Act and send it back to the Senate for their concluding action, then it’s off to the White House for the president’s signature.

Debate on the House floor this week will feature Republican budget measures from the leadership and the conservative Republican Study Committee on Wednesday, with a vote expected on Thursday.

Meanwhile in the Senate, Republicans called the Democrats’ bluff on a bill to repeal “big oil tax subsidies” by voting in favor of a procedural motion Monday night to allow debate to move forward to the floor where it has now bumped a bipartisan measure to rescue the Postal Service.

Democrats hoped that Republicans would kill the oil bill on the procedural vote so they could create an election year issue and tag the GOP as supporters of “big oil.” By voting in favor of the public debate 92-4, Republicans say they will expose shortcomings in Democrat energy policies and highlight the splits in the president’s party.

Hearings this week include the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will look Wednesday at U.S. policy on Iran, and the Senate Natural Resources Committee will examine gasoline price trends during a Thursday meeting.

 

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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