Congress returned to Washington last week after an unexpectedly slow week due to the blizzard and its aftermath. The House focused on overriding a veto from President Barack Obama over the repeal of the Affordable Care Act that Congressional Republicans passed through the Budget Reconciliation process. House Republicans won the vote in a 241-186 count, but because a two-thirds majority is needed to overturn a veto, the attempt failed.
The Senate's focus was on a bipartisan energy bill that was expected to be settled by the end of last week. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expected the bill to be passed, but that was put on hold when Democrats blocked the legislation over an amendment that would address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. McConnell said the authors of the bill would work to find a path forward on the bill and the Flint amendment.
This will be another action-packed week on Capitol Hill because Congress will be out next week in observance of Presidents Day.