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Hoyer Lays Out Lofty House Agenda

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday laid out a laundry list of potential agenda items the House could tackle before the two-week Easter recess slated to begin April 6. The budget tops that list, though the administration’s spending blueprint may not arrive until April, complicating the picture for House consideration before the break. Hoyer said the House could also push for the creation of a systemic risk regulator, part of a broader effort to impose stricter rules for the financial markets. Action on a supplemental spending bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan “may occur” before the recess, Hoyer also said, depending on the ability of Congressional leaders to reach consensus with the administration on the size and scope of that package. Hoyer said leaders have been advised that the measure needs to pass in May because funds will start running out in June. Rounding out the menu of late winter action, Hoyer said the chamber would likely address predatory lending practices and a Senate public lands bill. Hoyer said the chamber is unlikely to tackle other big-ticket items — global warming and entitlement reform — before the next break.

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