Monday, 20 April 2009
Parliament and Congress return - as does Washminster! The next few weeks will be a hard working period for both legislatures - and this blog will cover both the subject matters under discussion - and the procedures which will be followed.
In the UK the main event this week will be the Budget statement in the House of Commons, and the debate which follows it. This afternoon the Commons has a debate on defence procurement. The Lords continue the marathon committee stage of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill tomorrow. Today they consider the controversial Postal Services Bill.
The House of Representatives return on Tuesday. There are a number of bills to be considered under the suspension procedure - including a joint concurrent resolution "Providing for the acceptance of a statue of Ronald Wilson Reagan from the people of California for placement in the United States Capitol " and H.R. 1694 - Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act. In the Senate on Monday they are due to consider a "motion to proceed to S. 386, a bill to improve enforcement of mortgage fraud, securities fraud, financial institution fraud, and other frauds related to federal assistance and relief programs, for the recovery of funds lost to these frauds, and for other purposes"
The details of this week's business can be found at
Westminster - http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/.
House of Representatives - http://democraticleader.house.gov/links_and_resources/whip_resources/weeklyleader.cfm?pressReleaseID=2952