The TRCP’s scouting report on sportsmen’s issues in Congress
Both the House and Senate return from the Labor Day holiday and a month-long stay in members’ home states.
After spending the month of August in their districts, members of Congress return to what will likely be a flurry of deadline-driven activity through the end of the year. Discussion of President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran will take up much of the floor time for the first half of September.
Meanwhile, only 12 legislative days remain for Congress to reach a funding agreement and keep the government from shutting down when this Fiscal Year ends on September 30. It seems likely that a short-term continuing resolution (CR) will be passed to fund the government, although politics around the Planned Parenthood scandal could complicate that path forward. Passage of a CR would likely set up an end-of-year debate on a longer-term omnibus appropriations agreement—a bill to combine many small appropriations bills, requiring just one vote in each chamber.
Other things facing a September 30, or end-of-fiscal-year, deadline: Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a court-mandated decision on whether to list the greater sage grouse for Endangered Species Act protection. Tick tock.
The Week in Full
Wednesday, September 9
Animas River Spill – House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on “Holding EPA accountable for polluting Western waters”
Friday, September 11
Federal Facility Cleanup – House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy hearing on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
Energy Reform – House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on the Environment hearing on EPA Clean Power Plan