Cloakroom: May 2 – May 6

Senate Analysis:

The Senate returns to Washington on Monday after a two week recess to turn to – yet again – the Small Business bill. Senator Reid filed cloture on this bill almost two months ago on March 10, and it seems that he is completely incapable to wrap up this process by allowing votes on Republican amendments. Hopefully, some progress will be made this week so the Senate can work to address the slew of issues that need attention.

Senate Floor Action:

S. 493: SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011

Senate Committee Action:

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 3 titled “Is the Distribution of Tax Burdens and Benefits Equitable?”. On Wednesday, May 4, they will hold another hearing to discuss budget enforcement mechanisms.

A hearing to discuss the situation in Afghanistan will be held also on Tuesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Also on May 3, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing to discuss Natural Disaster Preparedness.

The Senate Armed Services Committee – Subcommittee on Strategic Forces will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 4 to discuss the implementation of the New START Treaty.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, May 5 titled, “First, Do No Harm: Improving Health Quality and Patient Safety.”

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