The Week Ahead
Tuesday, July 22
- Congressman Yarmuth returns to Washington to begin consideration of several pieces of legislation, including a bipartisan bill to create more transparency for students and families borrowing to pay for college.
- The House is expected to vote on 14 measures under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014. This bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Congressman Yarmuth, reauthorizes the public-private partnership to market – through Brand USA – the United States around the world. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates this legislation will reduce the deficit by $231 million.
Wednesday, July 23
- Members of the Democratic Caucus meet to discuss legislative strategy.
- 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy holds a hearing on modernizing environmental protection and regulation.
- Congressman Yarmuth urges the Office of Management and Budget to maximize taxpayer savings through the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Service Contracts, budget-neutral tools that reduce energy consumption by federal agencies. This includes using coordinated tracking measures to ensure agencies meet their cost-saving goals, tapping private-sector expertise, and broader utilization of performance contracts, which do not rely on additional Congressional appropriations and are paid for through the savings they earn.
- The House is expected to vote on 10 measures under suspension of the rules, including eight bills seeking to prevent human trafficking and legislation to provide students and families with additional tools to compare colleges.
- The House is also expected to vote on H.R. 3136, which authorizes the Department of Education to establish new demonstration projects allowing students to show competency based on what they have learned rather than how many credit hours they have obtained.
Thursday, July 24
- 10:00 AM: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power holds a hearing to examine the economic impacts of state energy policies.
- 10:15 AM: Congressman Yarmuth addresses Commerce Lexington’s annual D.C. Fly-In, which includes more than 50 business leaders from the central Kentucky region.
- Congressman Yarmuth meets with local constituents and representatives from the American Counseling Association and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.
- 3:30 PM: The Democratic Whip’s Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality, and Opportunity receives an update from the White House on efforts to fight poverty, end homelessness, and create new economic opportunity.
- The House is expected to vote on H.R. 4984, which provides students and parents receiving federal financial aid for college additional counseling on their individual borrowing situations.
- 7:00 PM: Congressman Yarmuth attends the Kentucky Society’s Henry Clay Dinner, a biennial celebration of the Commonwealth in Washington, D.C.
Friday, July 25
- The House is expected to vote on two tax extender bills: H.R. 4935, which permanently extends the child tax credit, eliminates the “marriage penalty” for the credit, and indexes it to inflation; and H.R. 3393, which permanently extends student tax credits for qualified tuition and related expenses. Republican Leadership has proposed both bills without offsets; together, they would add more than $210 billion to the deficit.
- The House may also consider H. Con. Res. 105, a privileged resolution directing the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq under the War Powers Resolution. The resolution gives Congress the opportunity to openly debate the President’s recent deployment of additional U.S. troops to Iraq.