Second Session of the 113th Congress Begins

Welcome to today’s Monday Morning Word from Washington! Congress returns to DC to begin the second session of the 113th Congress.

What to Watch

• Second Session of the 113th Congress begins.

• The current continuing resolution funding the government expires on January 15.

This Week in Washington

Senate: The Senate returns today and will start the year working to advance legislation that would provide a three-month extension of unemployment benefits. Jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) expired on December 28.

House: The House will return on Tuesday and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced last week that the House will focus on a bill that would place more security requirements on the Obamacare insurance exchanges.

• With the January 15 deadline approaching, appropriators in the House and Senate will meet early this week to work on a FY 2014 omnibus spending package.

A complete House schedule available here.

A complete Senate schedule available here.


In the News

 National Journal article providing insight into some of the  issues Congress will focus on during 2014.

• The Washington Post published a story last week detailing the tax breaks, credits, and deductions that Congress let expire on December 31, 2013

 The Hill’s coverage of Majority Leader Cantor’s statement that a vote on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) could occur in January.


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