While the Congress is still in deep disagreement on the 2014 spending program they do continue to be hard at work drafting new legislation proposals. There were three bills introduced yesterday that might be of specific interest to readers of this blog:
HR 3202 Latest Title: To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila (D,TX)
HR 3208 Latest Title: To clarify that certain natural gas facilities are not subject to the Natural Gas Act. Sponsor: Rep McKinley, David B. (R,WV)
HJ RES 66 Latest Title: Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Reed, Tom (R,NY)
The bill from Rep. Jackson-Lee is almost certainly a direct (though certainly delayed) response to the Government Accounting Office recommendation made in a Congressional Hearing on May 8th. It will be interesting to see what gets included in this bill.
I’m not sure what the purpose of this bill is; there is nothing on Rep. McKinley’s web site about the bill. I suspect that it deals with exportation of natural gas, but we will just have to wait and see.
Another Continuing Resolution
This is another conservative Republican alternative Continuing Resolution. It would continue the current sequestered spending limits until December 15th (and extends the CFATS authorization to that date). It delays Obamacare funding for one year instead of killing Obamacare; so it is an attempt at compromise, probably not enough though. Rep. Reed is not a member of the Appropriations Committee, so it is unlikely that this will get to the floor, but it has already been printed by the GPO so it is possible that it could reach the floor of the House.