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Lawmakers have left Washington, DC, for a two-week spring break and many people are left wondering how much productivity is possible between now and the November midterm elections.

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HAI reports that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he plans to bring Senator Ron Wyden's tax extender package to the full Senate floor soon. A Senate floor vote on extenders is expected in the near term, at a quicker pace than originally thought and certainly much sooner than what is contemplated across the Capitol in the House.

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Democrats in the U.S. Senate failed to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act on women's pay equality, but vowed to keep the issue in the spotlight.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is set to finish debate April 9 on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which would cut more than $5 trillion from federal spending in the next decade.

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A U.S. Senate panel last week renewed an $85 billion tax benefit package that largely benefits big businesses, including a so-called active financing exemption that lets companies defer taxes on certain offshore profits and the corporate research credit.

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The U.S. Senate voted 59 to 38 on Monday, April 7 to pass a five-month extension of unemployment insurance benefits, with the support of six Republicans.

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Lawmakers will debate the tax extenders, whether to cite Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress, Rep. Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal, Obamacare, and IRS's funding request for the upcoming year this week – ahead of the two-week Easter congressional recess.

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Eighteen Democrats joined Republicans last week in support of a bill to alter the Affordable Care Act employment standard redefining full-time employment as 40 hours per week, rather than the 30 hours currently used under Obamacare.

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The U.S. Senate voted again last Thursday, April 3, 61-35 to cloture on a five-month extension of unemployment-insurance benefits retroactive to December 28 for individuals whose benefits expired. The bipartisan measure passed closure this time with even fewer Republican votes than before.

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Two senior Transportation Committee Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the Government Accountability Office to review two studies the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cited to make its case for a controversial rule that limits how much drivers can work and when they must take breaks.

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