This Week in Washington: March 24 – 28

The House and Senate are back after a week-long recess.   Two issues are expected to be front and center this week: the Ukraine aid package and action on the Medicare “Doc Fix.”  Before the congressional recess, the House passed legislation intended to demonstrate support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s takeover of Crimea.  The Senate amended the legislation to include controversial and long-stalled legislation that would weaken U.S. control at the IMF.  At this point, there is not a clear path forward on the Ukraine package.  The House and Senate will also consider some legislation — likely a short-term patch — to address the pending cut to Medicare’s doctor reimbursement rate.

Major House Floor Action

  • H.R. 2824 – Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America
  • Possible action on Ukraine and Doc Fix legislation

Major Senate Floor Action

  •  S.2124 – Ukraine and IMF legislation
  • S.2110 — Medicare SGR Repeal and Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2014
  • S.2148 — a retroactive extension of emergency unemployment benefits
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Job creation? No. Just a retroactive extension of emergency unemployment benefits.

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