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The Week Ahead in Congress

April 12, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Spring break is over. The Senate comes back to work today after a two-week break to take on a huge slate of unfinished business. Confirming a new Supreme Court Justice, ratifying a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia, finishing financial reform, immigration reform and climate change legislation, and extending unemployment benefits are all looming before the Senate right now.

The House comes back to work tomorrow, though having already passed hundreds of bills that are lingering in the Senate, their work load will be significantly lighter. We’ll be covering it all on this blog, but before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s an what Congress is up to this week.

First, the House schedule, as provided by Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5]:

MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

On Monday, the House will not be in session.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (6 Bills)

1)   H.Res. 1222 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Library Week (Rep. Ehlers – Education and Labor)

2)   H.Res. 1041 – Congratulating and commending the University of Idaho’s football team for winning the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho (Rep. Minnick – Education and Labor)

3)   H.Res. 1042 – Commending the Boise State University Broncos football team for winning the 2010 Fiesta Bowl (Rep. Minnick – Education and Labor)

4)   H.Res. __ - Congratulating the Duke University men’s basketball team for winning the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship (Rep. Price (NC) – Education and Labor)

5)   H.Res. 1198 – Congratulating Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania for 140 years of excellence in higher education (Rep. Thompson (PA) – Education and Labor)

6)   H.Res. 1206 – Remembering the victims of the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and supporting the goals and ideals of the National Week of Hope (Rep. Fallin – Oversight and Government Reform)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (14 Bills)

1)   H.Res. __Honoring the coal miners who perished in the Upper Big Branch Mine-South in Raleigh County, West Virginia, extending condolences to their families and recognizing the valiant efforts of emergency response workers at the mine disaster (Rep. Rahall – Natural Resources)

2)   H.Res. __Honoring the life of Wilma Pearl Mankiller and expressing condolences of the House of Representatives on her passing (Rep. Boren – Natural Resources)

3)   H.R. 4954 – Providing recourse under the patent law for persons who suffer competitive injury as a result of false markings (Rep. Issa – Judiciary)

4)   H.Con.Res. 222 – Recognizing the leadership and historical contributions of Dr. Hector Garcia to the Hispanic community and his remarkable efforts to combat racial and ethnic discrimination in the United States of America (Rep. Ortiz – Judiciary)

5)   S.J.Res. 25 – Granting the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact (Sen. Cardin – Judiciary)

6)   H.R. 3506 – Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (Rep. Paulsen – Financial Services)

7)   H.R. 1258 – Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 (Rep. Engel – Energy and Commerce)

8)   H.R. 3125 – Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (Rep. Waxman – Energy and Commerce)

9)   H.Res. 197 – To commend the American Sail Training Association for its advancement of character building under sail and for its advancement of international goodwill (Rep. Kennedy – Transportation and Infrastructure)

10)  H.R. 4275 – To designate the annex building under construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the “John C. Godbold United States Judicial Administration Building” (Rep. Lewis (GA) – Transportation and Infrastructure)

11)  H.Res. 1062 – Recognizing the Coast Guard Group Astoria’s more than 60 years of service to the Pacific Northwest (Rep. Wu – Transportation and Infrastructure)

12)  H.Con.Res. 243 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha (Rep. Hirono – House Administration)

13)  H.Res. 1185 – Congratulating Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin on his tenth year of service as Chaplain of the House of Representatives (Rep. Lipinski – House Administration)

14)  H.R. __Taxpayer Assistance Act of 2010 (Rep. Lewis (GA) – Ways and Means)

H.R. 4715 – Clean Estuaries Act of 2010 (Rep. Bishop (NY) – Transportation and Infrastructure) (Subject to a Rule)

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.

* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.   

* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

And here’s what we know so far about the Senate schedule, as provided by the Senate Democrats:

Convenes: 2:00pm

Morning Business until 3:00pm with the time equally divided. 3:00pm resume the motion to proceed to HR4851, the Continuing Extention Act of 2010.

Votes:

5:30pm cloture vote on the motion to proceed to HR4851.


Cheery blossom photo from DCTWINKIE5500 is used under a CC license.

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