Both the House and Senate have adjourned for the Thanksgiving week break. The House returns on December 1 and the Senate returns on December 9. The House is expected to wrap up the year by December 13, leaving only 8 days on the legislative calendar. As the Assembly previously reported, talk of major legislative packages (immigration reform and tax reform) have been pushed into next year or beyond. In addition, the 2014 election campaign is officially underway, all but further complicating any chances of major legislative action.
As part of the legislative package that reopened the government and averted U.S. credit default last month, a bicameral budget committee was established to get down to the business of formulating and agreeing to a budget for FY2014. That committee is supposed to report their recommendations (maybe even a deal!) by December 13.
While budget negotiations begin to take shape the Armenian Assembly will continue working with Congressional leaders in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the best possible outcome for Armenia and Artsakh.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
TUESDAY, December 3 – The Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia, the Artsakh Representative in the United States, the Armenian Assembly of America and the ANCA, host Mr. Ashot Ghulian, Speaker of the Nagorno Karabakh Parliament, for an event entitled Nagorno Karabakh/Artsakh: 22 Years of Freedom, Democracy & Progress on Capitol Hill at 6:30 PM. For more information and to RSVP please click here.
SATURDAY, December 14 – The Armenian Assembly of America’s Capital Regional Council will host their Annual Holiday Briefing & Awards Reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more information and to RSVP please see here.
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