The Week Ahead
Tuesday, March 4
- Congressman Yarmuth begins consideration of several measures, including a bill to weaken rules that prevent coal mining companies from dumping waste from mountaintop removal mines into streams and valleys below.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
- The House will vote on several measures under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 2126, which promotes energy efficiency in commercial real estate buildings, including those that house federal agencies; and H.Res. 488, a resolution in support of those fighting for democratic principles in Venezuela.
Wednesday, March 5
- Members of the Democratic Caucus meet to discuss legislative strategy.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Kentucky Medical Association, the Council on Foundations and Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and the Fragile X Foundation.
- 2:00 PM: The House Budget Committee holds a hearing on the President’s FY2015 budget proposal, with testimony from Sylvia M. Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
- The House is expected to consider H.R. 2824, a measure that would weaken the federal government’s ability to prevent coal companies from dumping mountaintop removal mine waste into nearby streams and valleys. The bill would prohibit the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement from issuing any new rules on stream buffer zones until a 2008 rewrite of that rule, which weakened enforcement and has faced legal challenges for the past six years, is fully implemented and evaluated for five years. In addition, the bill ignores the disastrous health impact of mountaintop removal mining operations on the communities that surround them.
Thursday, March 6
- 9:00 AM: Congressman Yarmuth calls in to the Joe Elliott Show on 970 WGTK-AM to update listeners on his work in Louisville and Washington.
- 9: 00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power holds a hearing entitled, “Benefits and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Fuel Supply and Infrastructure.”
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with constituents and local representatives from the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, the humanitarian organization CARE, and the American Osteopathic Association.
- The House is expected to vote on H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, under suspension of the rules. This legislation would slow premium increases for federal flood insurance to better reflect recent risk assessments. Congressman Yarmuth is a cosponsor of the legislation.
- The House is also expected to vote on H.R. 3826, a measure that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, undermining public health and environmental protections.
Friday, March 7
- The House is not in session.