The Senate is out for the week. But it will return to a full slate.
Congress gave itself an entire week off for Memorial Day. Both chambers are set to return a week from today.
The recess comes at an unfortunate time, since the Senate was starting to show signs of productivity. The Judiciary Committee debated hundreds of amendments to an immigration reform package that’s expected to take much of the Senate calendar for the next month.
And the Farm Bill that Congress extended at the end of last year was recently reintroduced onto the Senate floor. Already it’s had votes on amendments and will get future ones … on controversial issues like crop insurance and food assistance for the poor.
That massive piece of legislation also reauthorizes the Denali Commission.
The fate of the Farm Bill remains uncertain though. Last year the Senate passed one, only to see it fester in the House.
- During a brief layover Wednesday in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.
- More Alaskans are driving electric cars. The same is true for California, Oregon and Washington state. But many people continue to consider the vehicles as too small, difficult to use and no more than a novelty.
- Master Gardener Ed Buyarski reminds us to ventilate our greenhouse, harvest our garlic and raspberries, deadhead any finished flowers, and eradicate all slugs.
- AT&T's announced plans to upgrade the network by summer of 2016 have stalled. And people in Skagway have noticed, as they slog through another summer of cell phone problems.