Updates from DC
June 24, 2009
Your state legislature in Colorado is only in session from January to May. The US Congress however is in session now. Even though we are not federal, we do occasionally get updates about what is going on in Congress by virtue of us being in the state legislature. I would like to share some of the updates with you as they come in. For the most current information about US Congress, visit www.thomas.gov.
- U.S. House of Representatives likely will vote Friday July 26 on HR 2454 on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
- ARRA (the Stimulus) reporting and accountability guidance was issued on June 22, 2009. The OMB issued M-09-21 as a memo for those guidelines. The full text is at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_.default.
- Healthcare Reform: The initial package came in with a CBO estimated cost of $1.6 trillion bringing parties back to the drawing board and several different possible packages being drafted and considered.
- A bill to repeal the Real ID Act was introduced and replaced with a state-federal approach that avoids several of the earlier flaws and problems with the Act and replacing it with the PASS ID Act. This is expected to be heard by the Sente Homeland Security and Gov Affairs Committee in mid-July.
- On May 19, 2009 new fuel efficiency standards were announced to establish a 35.5 mpg standard for cars and light trucks by 2016.
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