This Week on the Hill: Budgets, Filibusters, Guns and More

Obama is sworn in (twice). And that thing with Beyonce also happened. Just another busy week on Capitol Hill:

  • No Budget, No Pay, No Problem: The House got right to work on Wednesday debating and passing the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.
  • Hill’s on the Hill: On Tuesday, Clinton sat for five hours answering questions about the attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans, including an ambassador, dead.
  • CA Lawmakers and Guns Control: Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced the introduction of a new assault weapons ban and Rep. Mike Thompson chaired the second hearing of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
  • Filibuster Deal Goes Bust: A group of senators decided it was time to bring back the talking filibuster (cue: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) and pushed leadership hard to get it done.
  • Dudes for Women: A pair of Senators, Pat Leahy, D-Vt., and Mike Crapo R-Idaho, reintroduced the Violence Against Women Act this week. The 1994 law was up for a third reauthorization last year but it could not make it through the House.
  • John Kerry, Subject of a Hearing by the Committee He Is Currently Chairman of: Yes, John Kerry is going to become the next Secretary of State. So, rather unnaturally, he sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — of which he is the current chairman — and explained why he would be a good Secretary of State. It was a fairly friendly hearing.

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