From our Hill sources:
Both the House and Senate will take up tax bills this week, in honor of tax day (April 17 this year).
H.R. 9 — This bill, the Small Business Tax Cut act, is the House GOP proposal to reduce small business taxes by 20 percent. The House should start work on this bill by Wednesday. It is expected to pass by Thursday at the latest.
S. 2230 — The Paying a Fair Share Act from Senate Democrats (i.e. the “Buffett rule”) would require a minimum 30 percent tax on all income earned above $1 million. This was the fifth-most commented bill on POPVOX last week.
Senate-watchers expect that the Senate will be limited to just debating this bill, given Republican opposition and the need for 60 votes to end debate. On Monday evening, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to the bill.
Transportation extension — This legislation (no bill number yet) would extend federal highway programs until September 30. Congress has authorized federal highway programs through June, but House Republicans are looking to pass another extension, plus language that would require approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
H.R. 4089 — The Sportsmen’s Heritage act (the seventh-most talked about bill last week) would expand the ability of sportsmen to use firearms on land controlled by the federal government.
Suspension bills — The House plans to take up four bills under a suspension of House rules, a process usually reserved for non-controversial bills.
Other bills of interest:
Last week, CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (H.R. 3523), was the top-trending bill on POPVOX. No votes are planned on this bill, but House Republicans could start the process of moving a cyber security bill in committee. This may also involve ideas found in H.R. 4263, which Republicans introduced just before the Easter break.
The second-most popular bill on POPVOX last week was H.R. 4043, the Military Readiness and Southern Sea Otter Conservation Act. This bill would allow Naval operations off the Southern California coast, even when otters are migrating through those waters. The House Natural Resources subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs will hold a hearing on this bill Thursday morning.
There are no signs of any movement for H.Res. 612, (number 10 on POPVOX last week), a resolution honoring the life of Trayvon Martin and urging repeal of Stand Your Ground laws.