Update from Capitol Hill - Wednesday July 30, 2014
by nathanhurst

After amending and passing a temporary financing patch for the Highway Trust Fund late Tuesday, the Senate turns its attention Wednesday toward a jobs bill and emergency funding legislation for the ongoing southern border crisis.

The Senate is now voting to advance consideration of S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act. The bill would provide tax incentives for businesses to bring offshore jobs back to the U.S. If that vote fails, lawmakers will move on to a cloture vote on pending emergency supplemental spending legislation.

Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) spoke about that bill on Tuesday, highlighting its inclusion of appropriations that would assist Israel with its Iron Dome missile defense system and to help fight wildfires in the Western U.S.

Mikulski is also hoping senators will pass her fiscal 2015 Veterans Affairs-Military Construction spending bill later this week by unanimous consent, but her attempt to do so on Tuesday was thwarted by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).

Meanwhile, House lawmakers resume their legislative business at noon. They will work on H.Res 676, which would authorize the House to sue President Obama for his use of executive actions delaying implementation of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, as well as a pared-down supplemental spending bill to address southern border issues introduced earlier this week by House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY).

Legislators are expecting to debate and vote on a rule governing debate of the lawsuit resolution and a bill that would prohibit the EPA and state-level environmental regulators from requiring permits to use pesticides near navigable waters. Republican leaders failed to pass the bill under suspension of the rules on Monday, falling 15 votes short of the necessary two-thirds threshold. A simple majority would be needed during Wednesday's vote.

The House is also expected to debate and vote on three bills under suspension of the rules, each needing a two-thirds majority to pass. Among those is the overhaul and funding legislation for the Department of Veterans Affairs that was announced in a compromise deal on Monday.