The House on Tuesday is expected to formally condemn Russia for its military action in the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, less than a week after passing a bill giving financial aid to Ukraine.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called for an investigation into General Motors (GM) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) failure to report a major defect in cars.
“Repeated failure to detect and stop this potentially lethal defect shows that federal safety watchdogs need a wake up,” Blumenthal said Sunday. “An investigation is clearly warranted to establish why the safety watchdogs failed to act.”
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked his Democratic counterpart, Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.), to request that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tesify before the committee.
“The Senate Budget Committee is long overdue for a hearing with the Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Murrray Monday.
Three House GOP bills could attract significant Democratic support this week.
The Senate returns late Monday to hold a procedural vote on a judicial nominee, and then pass a bill to boost protections for victims of sexual assault in the U.S. Armed Forces.
House Republicans will try again to undermine ObamaCare's individual mandate, just weeks before most Americans will be required by law to have health insurance.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) used the release of the February jobs report to call on Republicans to support an unemployment insurance extension.
“To help Americans looking for work, we should provide the lifeline of unemployment insurance to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own,” Reid said Friday. “This is simple common sense, and I hope my Republican colleagues will agree.”
Several members of President Obama's Cabinet will testify before the House next week, to defend Obama's 2015 budget request.
Obama administration officials will visit Capitol Hill next week to discuss budget issues with senators.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — which he used to chair. He will talk about the administration’s national security and foreign policy priorities that were outlined in President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow some donations made in 2014 to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines deductable on 2013 taxes.
Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, which would allow cash contributions made between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 15, 2014 to be deducted from 2013 taxes.