Today in Congress 2/16/12

Both the House and Senate will not be in session next week.


House GOP leaders postponed plans to vote on their chamber’s highway bill because of rank-and-file opposition and the loss of an offset to a payroll tax deal (HR 3630).

Markups & Hearings
House Financial Services marks up financial services bills (HR 3606, HR 2308, HR 1838, HR 3871). 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearings, with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey , 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn; and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. 1 p.m., H-140 Capitol

New Bills Introduced
By Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia (for himself, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. MCDERMOTT, and Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia): H.R. 4032. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the 2010 increase in the deduction for start-up expenditures; to the Committee on Ways and Means.

By Mr. KINZINGER of Illinois: H.R. 4044. A bill to amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to create a Federal Spectrum Reallocation Commission, to provide for the use of a portion of the proceeds from the auction of reallocated Federal spectrum for deficit reduction, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

By Mr. MURPHY of Connecticut: H.R. 4047. A bill to require solicitations for Federal procurement contracts to include information about the applicability of Buy American law and whether foreign goods may be used to fulfill the requirements of the contracts; to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.


The Senate resumes consideration of its surface transportation authorization (S 1813).

No relevant bills were introduced yesterday, and no relevant hearings are being held today.


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