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All eyes on Capitol Hill are focused on the struggle over the future of payroll tax cuts two weeks before they are set to expire. No committee hearings are scheduled for the week ahead.
There are no hearings scheduled this week as Members of Congress are in recess for the Thanksgiving holiday.
With Election Day 2011 behind us, members of Congress start to settle back into their routines in Washington. With the rest of DC focused on Global Entrepreneurship Week, a handful of committee hearings are scheduled that somewhat address the policy environment to promote entrepreneurial growth.
The 113th Congress was sworn into office on Thursday last week. There are 97 new members, but little change from the 112th. The Senate has 13 new members with the Democrats maintaining control -- increasing their edge to 55-45. The House of Representatives has 84 new members with the Republicans maintaining control -- slipping a few seats to outnumber Democrats 233-200.
Another relatively quiet week lies ahead on Capitol Hill. Several House committees have their organizational meetings scheduled while the Senate has yet to return. No relevant hearings are scheduled.
Gun control, pension savings and access to health care are the only topics currently scheduled to be covered in hearings this week. Meanwhile, President Obama will be in Nevada tomorrow to unveil his plans for comprehensive immigration reform—stay tuned for details in next week’s PDE.
Several hearings on policies that impact entrepreneurial growth are scheduled for the week ahead with the biggest being the Senate Judiciary Committee’s look at potential immigration reform through The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744. Appearing earlier today were representatives from a range of entities including Microsoft, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Center for Immigration Studies. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appears before the committee during a hearing of the same title. Other topics covered in hearings throughout the week include: next-generation computing and “big data analytics”, the SBA budget, STEM workforce, small business lending, the state of wireless communications and more.
With both houses returning to Washington this week from recess, there are a number of hearings scheduled of interest to those interested in the policies that promote entrepreneurship. President Obama’s FY 2014 budget proposal gets a look in the Senate from the Budget and Finance committees. Other topics include: STEM education, the US position on internet governance, JOBS Act update, small business tax reform, regulatory reform and the state of communications in rural communities.
Both houses of Congress are still in Spring recess and will return next week. While reports differ on exactly how close Republicans and Democrats are to a deal on immigration reform, you can expect to hear a lot about the subject when they return—and in the weeks ahead.
Both houses of Congress are back in their home states and districts for a one week work period. They are scheduled to return to Washington next week.
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