Washington Watch, Week of June 8

Washington Watch bugThis week Congress will fight over the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, and over how to find money to avert at a summertime highway-project funding “cliff” that could slow and even halt road projects in the state.

The Senate is also expected to hold a vote on a Veterans Affairs Department reform bill that would make it easier for veterans to see private doctors.

President Obama, meanwhile, will start off the week by honoring both the men’s and women’s UConn basketball teams, which are both NCAA champs.

Monday June 9:

President Obama honors UConn’s men and women basketball teams. Newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell is to be sworn in to her new post. Also on Monday, members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, which includes Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, will take to the Senate floor to talk about the need for action on climate change.

Tuesday June 10:

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a closed briefing on the prisoner exchange involving Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan who was swapped out for five suspected Taliban members. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, is a member of the panel.

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing to promote GOP legislation that would cut off subsidies to those who have discrepancies on their Affordable Care Act exchange applications. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, is a member of the panel.

Wednesday  June 11:

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will hold a hearing on child nutrition program, which House Republicans want to cut and/or modify. Also, the House Armed Forces Committee will hold a hearing on the Bowe Berfdahl prisoner transfer. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, is a member of the panel.

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