Congress will return this week after its one-week Memorial Day recess and will embark on its longest Washington, DC work period thus far this year.
This week, the House is scheduled to consider two appropriations bills: H.R. 2216, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 and H.R. 2217, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014, with consideration of additional spending measures (Agriculture and Defense) expected a little later this month. The Senate will continue to consider the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.954), with passage of the bill possible by week’s end (see below for further discussion on the measure). The Senate is then expected to take up an immigration bill, which it will likely continue to work on throughout the rest of June. The Senate, contingent on consensus on amendments, might consider energy efficiency legislation this summer as well (see below).