Recess is over, and Congress has a lot to do

Congress returned to work on Monday after a two-week Easter break and are already facing a big to-do list that includes addressing the Iran deal, Loretta Lynch’s long delayed nomination for Attorney General and putting the final stamp of approval on the Medicare agreement reached just before the recess.

Medicare

Prior to the recess Congress was able to reach what is becoming an increasingly rare bipartisan agreement to prevent automatic cuts to the pay-rate of Medicare doctors.

The catch is that it has not yet passed the Senate.

If passed, the measure will guarantee a two-year renewal to the insurance program for poor children, which is what Democrats want, while cutting costs in the long-term, which is what Republican’s want.

However, Medicare was supposed to be hit with automatic cuts April 1, but the real effects of those cuts will only be felt this Wednesday, and it is uncertain if the Senate can act in-time to prevent them.

The rare sight of Democrats and Republicans working together seems to have spread beyond Medicare.

Iran

Before the break, both Democrats and Republicans began voicing their desires to have Capitol Hill review the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) proposed a bill that would give oversight of the Iran deal to Congress.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY.) voiced his support for the proposal.

“I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement, and I support the Corker bill which would allow that to occur,” said Schumer.

Loretta Lynch Confirmation 

Loretta Lynch is hoping nobody forgot about her, as her long-delayed confirmation for Attorney General continues.

The vote to confirm her nomination has been delayed by both Democrats and Republicans and most recently, has been held-up by Mitch McConnell over a spat with the Democrats about the anti-human-trafficking bill.

No other Attorney General in the past thirty-years has had to wait this long on the confirmation process.

 

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