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Senate Democrats on Wednesday will begin work on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization act, S. 1925. The bill reauthorizes a program that enjoys bipartisan support, one on which Democrats in particular have been urging prompt action before the program expires at the end of 2012.

On Tuesday, the House approved a rule that deems passage of the House Republican budget resolution as having been passed by both the House and Senate. The GOP’s budget resolution for FY 2013, H.Con.Res. 112, was approved in late March, but went no where in the Senate. Republicans said they needed to “deem” Senate passage in order to establish budget guidelines that House committees will use to start work on the FY 2013 spending bills.

Other action on major bills:

H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage act: passed by the House on Tuesday and now moves to the Senate. The bill expands hunting, fishing and sport shooting on federal lands.
S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act: the Senate advanced this bill Tuesday and will hold another procedural vote Thursday. The bill helps the U.S. Postal Service restructure retirement payments that have dragged the USPS into the red.
S. 2230, the Paying a Fair Share Act: the Senate failed to advance this bill on Monday, due to Republican objections. The bill would set a 30 percent minimum tax rate for people earning $2 million or more a year.

Each week, POPVOX highlights bills that are being considered in Congress, have recently been introduced, or are generally just getting some buzz. Here are a few on the list this week:

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HR 3897 and S 2043) provides religious conscience protections for individuals and organizations. (Just introduced.)
The Paying a Fair Share Act (HR 3903 and S 2059) implements the Buffett Rule and reduces the deficit by imposing a minimum effective tax rate for high-income taxpayers. (Just introduced.)
S 1945 permits the televising of Supreme Court proceedings. (Senate committee vote on Thurs.)
Civilian Property Realignment Act (HR 1734) decreases the deficit by realigning, consolidating, selling, disposing, and improving the efficiency of federal buildings and other civilian real property. (Just passed the House)
Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act (HR 3521) provides for a legislative line-item veto to expedite consideration of rescissions. (House considering today)
Budget and Accounting Transparency Act (HR 3581) increases transparency in Federal budgeting. (Passed the House on Tues)
STOCK Act (S 2038) prohibits Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit. (Senate passed; House begins consideration this week.)
Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act (HR 306) directs the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement to provide for management of the free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. (House passed Mon.)