One of the most important constitutional duties of the House of Representatives is to allocate how federal agencies spend tax dollars — the process of “appropriations.” The House this week began this process at the earliest time in the calendar year since 1974.
Watch what else happened in the House with these five videos:
2. Speaking on H.R. 2029, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) gave an impassioned speech on the bill’s funding for Veterans programs:
Impassioned floor speech by Representative Martha Roby on funding for Veterans programs. “Only in Washington, DC…”
Posted by House Republicans on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
3. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress. His speech, “Toward an Alliance of Hope“:
4. On Thursday, the House passed the FY2016 Budget Resolution, a budget that balances within ten years without raising taxes. Here’s House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) explaining how this budget helps hardworking families:
5. Today, the House passed H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) is the sponsor of the bill and spoke in opposition to the Obama Administration’s attempt to expand federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act: