Bills on the Floor this WeekApril 26, 2010 - by Donny Shaw
The Republicans’ record use of the filibuster is about to keep a major Democratic priority — an overhaul of financial regulations — from even getting a debate.
Later this afternoon, the Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote on overcoming a Republican filibuster of beginning debate of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. All 41 senators came out publicly against the bill last week, and with no breakthrough bipartisan deal over the weekend the Democrats only have their own 59 votes, not the 60 they need under the Senate rules to break the filibuster. According to multiple reports, today’s vote is expected to fail.
“We have to get to a debate on the floor,” said Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Chris Dodd [D, CT] on Sunday. “That’s where things happen. I can’t think of a single instance where you didn’t get to the floor on something of this magnitude and the dynamic of people offering amendments.”
Senate Republicans still have concerns with the bill in al the main areas. They want bank regulators to have more veto power over rules promulgated by the proposed Consumer Finance Protection Agency, non-customized derivatives exempted from exchange trading requirements, and a liquidation fund that is paid into after a bank failure by the failing bank’s competitors, not pre-funded as it would be in the Democrats’ bill. If today’s vote fail, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] will have to pull the bill from the floor and work behind the scenes to strike some kind of deal that will pick up enough Republican support to bring the bill to the floor for open debate. He’s expected to bring the bill back later in the week and try the vote again.
We’ll be reporting more on the Democrats’ efforts to bring financial reform to the floor over the Republicans objections. But for now, here’s a rundown of all the other bills that will be voted on by Congress this week.
Here’s what will be going on in the House:
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Suspensions (3 Bills)
1. H.R. 4543 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4285 Payne Avenue in San Jose, California, as the “Anthony J. Cortese Post Office Building” (Rep. Lofgren – Oversight and Government Reform)
2. H.Res. 1103 – Celebrating the life of Sam Houston on the 217th anniversary of his birth (Rep. McCaul – Oversight and Government Reform)
3. H.R. 4861 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1343 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois, as the “Steve Goodman Post Office Building” (Rep. Quigley – Oversight and Government Reform)
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
Suspensions (13 Bills)
1. S. 3253 – To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (Sen. Landrieu – Small Business)
2. H.Res. 1240 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Global Youth Service Day (Rep. DeLauro – Education and Labor)
3. H.Res. 1293 - Expressing support for the goals and ideals of National Child Abuse Prevention Month (Rep. Biggert – Education and Labor)
4. H.Res. 1131 – Expressing support for designation of the week of April 18, 2010, through April 23, 2010, as National Assistant Principals Week (Rep. Fudge – Education and Labor)
5. H.Res. 375 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Workers’ Memorial Day in order to honor and remember the workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace (Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson – Education and Labor)
6. H.Res. 561 – Congratulating the Onondaga Community College Lady Lazers for winning the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament (Rep. Maffei – Education and Labor)
7. H.Res. 563 – Congratulating the Onondaga Community College Lazers for winning the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament (Rep. Maffei – Education and Labor)
8. H.Res. 1280 – Expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the goals and ideals of National Healthy Schools Day (Rep. Tonko – Education and Labor)
9. H.R. 5017 – Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010 (Rep. Kanjorski – Financial Services)
10. H.R. 3808 – Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act (Rep. Aderholt – Judiciary)
11. H.Res. 1259 – Recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Rep. Baldwin – Judiciary)
12. H.Res. 1208 – Supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day (Rep. Smith (WA) – Judiciary)
13. H.Con.Res. 264 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
H.R. 2499 – Puerto Rico Democracy Act (Rep. Pierluisi – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 5013 – IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010 (Rep. Andrews – Armed Services) (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 the Democrats have made available about the Senate’s calendar for the week:
Morning business until 3pm with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3217, the Wall Street Reform Act.
At 5pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.3217.