Tuesday: Israel, energy, flood in the House

The House returns after a snowstorm gave members a day off — today, they'll work on up to eight suspension bills to make up for lost time.

One of these is legislation that would designate Israel as a strategic partner of the United States, and require the U.S. to provide military and strategic aid to Israel.

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That bill, H.R. 938, would also instruct the government to waive U.S. visa requirements for Israelis.

Another foreign affairs bill up today is H.Res. 488, a resolution supporting pro-democracy demonstrators in Venezuela.

A flood insurance bill, H.R. 3370, will also be voted on (more details on that bill later this morning).

Two energy bills are up today as well:

— H.R. 4076, the Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act, which would extend drive times for truckers hauling home heating fuels.

— H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which calls for more cooperation between tenants and landlords on energy efficiency.

And finally, the House will consider three land use bills:

— H.R. 2259, the North Fork Watershed Protection Act.

— S. 23, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act.

— H.R. 2197, York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act.

The Senate meets at 2 p.m., but only speeches are expected, as the Senate has delayed planned votes on Executive Branch nominees until Wednesday due to the storm.

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