MID-WEEK UPDATE: What's up in Congress
From Hill sources:
Senate Democrats on Wednesday will begin work on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization act, S. 1925. The bill reauthorizes a program that enjoys bipartisan support, one on which Democrats in particular have been urging prompt action before the program expires at the end of 2012.
On Tuesday, the House approved a rule that deems passage of the House Republican budget resolution as having been passed by both the House and Senate. The GOP’s budget resolution for FY 2013, H.Con.Res. 112, was approved in late March, but went no where in the Senate. Republicans said they needed to “deem” Senate passage in order to establish budget guidelines that House committees will use to start work on the FY 2013 spending bills.
Other action on major bills:
H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act: passed by the House on Tuesday and now moves to the Senate. The bill expands hunting, fishing and sport shooting on federal lands.
S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act: the Senate advanced this bill Tuesday and will hold another procedural vote Thursday. The bill helps the U.S. Postal Service restructure retirement payments that have dragged the USPS into the red.
S. 2230, the Paying a Fair Share Act: the Senate failed to advance this bill on Monday, due to Republican objections. The bill would set a 30 percent minimum tax rate for people earning $2 million or more a year.