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The House and Senate are both in session this week.
House Republicans will be working to pass a number of bills on the House floor related to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this week. House Republican leadership is looking to capitalize on the fact that Tax Day is today. The bills on the House floor this week include:
The House will continue to work on a path forward to deal with Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis on the committee level. Last week the House Natural Resources Committee was scheduled to mark up a bill on the matter, but the markup was postponed over issues with the draft bill.
The Senate will try and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill this week. FreedomWorks had issued a key vote alert about the bill. There had been talk that expiring renewable energy tax provisions would be added to the bill. The FreedomWorks key vote alert made clear that we opposed this attempt at crony capitalism, and would score against such an amendment and final passage of the bill if this language was included. Last week Senate leadership indicated that these provisions would not be part of the bill. FreedomWorks will continue to monitor the bill as it moves to final passage this week to make sure that this corporate goodie isn’t included in the bill.
Also this week, the Senate plans to take up S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. FreedomWorks issued a key vote alert against the bill in January of this year. The bill expanded the role of the federal government in the energy sector. We will be following floor proceedings on this bill. There is expected to be some procedural maneuvering on the legislation to allow amendments to be considered. Separately, the Senate is also expected to take up the Energy and Water appropriations bill, which FreedomWorks will be monitoring.