Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ-06), along with 56 Republican Study Committee Members, sent a letterto Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell about their opposition to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the “Law of the Sea Treaty”).
Rep. Bill Posey (FL-15) introduced H.R. 4030, the “Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act,” which would extend the “cooling off” period for Members of Congress if they chose to lobby when they left the Congress.
Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10) introduced H.R. 4110, which will require the Secretary of State to certify to Congress that Pakistan is not aiding, assisting, advising or informing the Haqqani terrorist network in any way, otherwise U.S. aid to Pakistan will be cut off and redirected toward fighting Mexican drug cartel violence on our southwest border.
Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25) introduced H.R. 4117, which will prohibit the use of private security contractors and members of the Afghan Public Protection Force to provide security for members of the Armed Forces, military installations and facilities in Afghanistan.
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) introduced the None of Our Funds for the Interest, Exercise, or Leisure of Detainees Act, also known as the NO FIELD Act. The legislation would instruct the Budget Committee to reduce the appropriation for the Department of Defense for FY 2013 by $750,000 — the cost of a soccer field for detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
On February 28, the House approved H.R. 2117, the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, which would repeal two burdensome Department of Education regulations on institutions of higher education.
On February 28, the House approved H.R. 1433, the Private Property Rights Protection Act. This bill preserves the constitutional protections for private property jeopardized by the Supreme Court’s 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London.
On February 29, the House approved H.R. 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, will brings water supply certainty to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys by correcting a man-made drought in California that has been created by environmental lawsuits resulting from the Endangered Species Act.
On Monday, President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House is scheduled to work and vote on two jobs bills. One is H.R. 2842, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, legislation which will expand production of clean, renewable American energy by eliminating duplicative red tape on small canal and pipeline hydropower development projects.
The other jobs bill is the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a package of bills designed to help startups and entrepreneurs get off the ground, access investors and create jobs.
On Tuesday or Wednesday, the House will also vote on H.R. 4105, To apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, which would allow the Commerce Department to continue imposing anti-subsidy duties on nonmarket economies.
Sec. of HHS Kathleen Sebelius, Sec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood, Sec. of Energy Steven Chu, Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, Attorney General Eric Holder, and FBI Director Robert Mueller III will appear before various committees in the House and Senate this week.
Tuesday is Super Tuesday, when 10 states – Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia – hold their presidential nominating contests.
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release its employment situation report for February.