Here we go for our weekly roundup:
House and Senate are in session this week, the President makes his way back from South American, is in Mexico on Tuesday.
Here’s a link to the anemic House calendar. Here’s a link to a better one from House Majority leader Hoyer’s office. You’ll see they’ll be busy tackling the Nation’s business, naming federal buildings left and right and on Tuesday, through H. Res. 64, “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Bangladesh should immediately drop all pending charges against Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.” Well, of course they should.
Here’s a link to a list of all the Senate hearings this week.
On Tuesday, the NAM will take part in the unveiling of the American Innovation Proclamation. It has a few key goals, including boosting the federal research budgets, improving student achievement in science and math, reforming immigration and visa polices to allow us to keep high-skilled workers here and to make the R&D tax credit permanent. All of these are really no-brainers if we are to remain competitive in the world.
On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing about the “revenue raisers” (i.e., tax increases) in HR 2, the minimum wage bill. An NAM member will be testifying — more on that later — but here’s a copy of the letter we sent to the Hill a month or so ago, expressing our concerns with these “revenue raisers.”
Also on Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on, “Charting a Course for Health Care Reform: Moving Toward Universal Coverage.” Universal coverage is certainly a laudable goal but remember, every country that has universal coverage has some form of rationing. In Canada, total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner to treatment is almost 18 weeks. Just something to keep in mind, that’s all. Should be an interesting hearing.
The anti-democracy card check bill moves to the Senate. They’ll be getting ready to do something soon — likely not this week, but soon. If you’ve not weighed in with your two Senators, please do by clicking here, and please urge them to vote on the side of democracy.
And, it looks like guitar god Eddie VanHalen may miss his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight because he’ll be in re-hab — which of course is where just about everybody else who’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been at one time or another. Eddie’s just a little late, that’s all.