The Week Ahead
Monday, April 7
- Congressman Yarmuth returns to Washington to begin consideration of several measures, including the FY2015 Republican budget proposal. This resolution eliminates opportunities for struggling families, raises costs for seniors, and ends the Medicare guarantee – all to reward the wealthy with more tax breaks and preserve loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Water Environment Federal and National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
- The House is scheduled to vote on three bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to authorize the transfer of certain U.S. Navy ships to three foreign countries under previous legislative agreements.
- The House is also expected to consider H.R. 1872, legislation to change the way costs of federal loans and loan guarantees are calculated in the federal budget process.
Tuesday, April 8
- As the FY2015 appropriations process continues, Congressman Yarmuth urges House appropriators to provide strong support for programs that reduce youth homelessness under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
- Members of the Democratic Caucus meet to discuss legislative strategy.
- 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade holds a hearing to examine aspects of patent abuse.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from IBM, the Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
- 4:00 PM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power holds a markup of H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act.
- 5:10 PM: Congressman Yarmuth calls in to the Terry Meiners Show on 84-WHAS to discuss his work in Louisville and Washington.
- The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 1871, which would eliminate inflationary baseline increases for discretionary spending in budget scoring. This is used to measure the funding level required to maintain current government services relative to inflation. Ending it would not only cloud the budgeting forecast – it would make it more difficult to assess the real-world impact of budget cuts.
- The House is also expected to begin consideration of H. Con. Res. 96, the FY2015 Republican budget proposal. This legislation raises taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of at least $2,000 in order to give a new, $200,000 tax cut to millionaires. It undermines economic growth and would cost more than a million jobs next year alone. It increases seniors’ drug costs by at least $1,200 per year and doubles traditional Medicare premiums while ending the Medicare guarantee. It kicks as many as 170,000 vulnerable children off Head Start and raises the cost of college for students who rely on Pell Grants, student loans, and higher education tax credits, gutting current support for higher education by $205 billion. And it eviscerates federal investments in infrastructure and research that keep our workforce competitive and help our nation lead the global economy. The proposal makes these cuts in order to maintain unconscionable tax breaks for the wealthy and loopholes that allow corporations to ship American jobs overseas.
Wednesday, April 9
- Congressman Yarmuth calls on House appropriators to increase funding for educational technology programs for students with disabilities, including classroom resources and competitive awards for research and development. This increase would allow more students with disabilities to succeed in school and reach their fullest potential.
- 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power continues its markup of H.R. 6.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the National Association of Realtors, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana chapter, the American Bar Association, and the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities.
- The House is expected to continue debate of the Republican budget proposal.
Thursday, April 10
- Congressman Yarmuth leads efforts to urge House appropriators to increase funding the Striving Readers program, the only targeted federal funding stream that supports statewide, research-based literacy instructions and interventions for low-performing students from early childhood through high school. Sixty-one national organizations support the request.
- Congressman Yarmuth also urges House appropriators to fully fund the Healthy Start program, which supports a network of 105 community-based programs designed to reduce infant mortality and assist low-income pregnant women.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky.
- The House is expected to vote on the Republican budget proposal.
Friday, April 11
- The House is not in session.