Inside the House

At 3pm today, the House will officially begin it’s legislative work week.  Today, seven hours of debate on H.R. 2, Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act, will begin followed by a floor vote on Wednesday.  We anticipate a bipartisan vote in support of repeal, with every Republican supporting repeal and at least four of the thirteen remaining Democrats who voted against Obamacare to support H.R. 2.

In an effort to show their commitment to addressing our nation’s broken health care system, House Republicans will bring H.Res.9 to the floor for a vote on Thursday.  This resolution would instruct the Education and Labor, Ways and Means, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce committees to produce legislation identifying real solutions to our nation’s health care system.  House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) plans to get to work immediately with a hearing Thursday on medical malpractice.

Also this week, House committees will hold their organizational meetings to establish their respective rules and officially appoint members to each committee.  After that, we anticipate a flurry of hearings to address health care, spending and oversight to begin immediately.

After this week’s vote on repealing Obamacare, we expect the House to pivot to spending.  Look for conservative introduce a series of bill aimed at reining in Washington’s reckless spending.

Need some ideas to cut spending?  The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl identifies $343 billion in cuts from the federal budget.

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