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The Week Ahead

May 17, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate’s financial reform debate may come to an end this week. Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] will reportedly be filing for cloture today, which will set up a vote on ending the debate on Wednesday. If cloture is approved (60 votes are needed), that will be the end of an amendment process that has only made the bill tougher.

The Senate will start voting on amendment for the week tonight, and they are likely to dispose of 4-8 of them. It’s unclear right now what will be voted on tonight, but Sen. Samuel Brownback’s [R, KS] amendment to make auto loan dealers exempt from regulations under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seems very likely since it was at the top of the pending list when votes ended last week. There will be no amendment votes on Tuesday due to Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D, AR] and Sen. Arlen Specter [D, PA] being out for primaries. Then on Wednesday the Senate will take up more amendments, possibly including the Merkley/Levin amendment to ban proprietary trading and a Republican amendment to let commercial banks continue to house derivatives divisions, before holding the vote on cloture.

We’ll be covering this week’s amendment votes on this blog. In the meantime, here’s what will be happening this week in the House:

First Vote of the Week… Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted… Friday p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

On Monday, the House is not in session.

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (18 Bills):

  1. H.R. 2288 – Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Improvement Act (Rep. Salazar – Natural Resources)
  2. H.Con.Res. 211 – Recognizing the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the East Bay Regional Park District in California (Rep. George Miller – Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 4491 – Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (Rep. Speier – Natural Resources)
  4. H.R. 4493 – To provide for the enhancement of visitor services, fish and wildlife research, and marine and coastal resource management on Guam related to the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (Rep. Bordallo – Natural Resources)
  5. H.R. 3511 – Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Visitor Facility Authorization Act (Rep. Sablan – Natural Resources)
  6. H.Res. 1327 – Honoring the life, achievements, and contributions of Floyd Dominy (Rep. Smith (NE) – Natural Resources)
  7. H.R. 1514 – Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Reauthorization Act (Rep. Scott (VA) – Judiciary)
  8. H.Res. 1325 – Recognizing National Missing Children’s Day (Rep. Rooney – Judiciary)
  9. H.Res. __ – Celebrating the Life and Achievements of Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (Reps. Conyers/Clarke – Judiciary)
  10. S. 1782 – Federal Judiciary Administrative Improvements Act of 2010 (Sen. Whitehouse – Judiciary)
  11. H.R. __ – Patent and Trademark Office Fee Modernization Act of 2010 (Rep. Conyers – Judiciary)
  12. H.Res. __ – Honoring the historic and community significance of the Chatham County Courthouse and expressing condolences to Chatham County and the town of Pittsboro for the fire damage sustained by the courthouse on March 25, 2010 (Rep. Etheridge – Judiciary)
  13. H.R. 4614 – Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010 (Rep. Teague – Judiciary)
  14. H.R. 5099 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 South Main Street in Sharon, Massachusetts, as the “Michael C. Rothberg Post Office” (Rep. Frank – Oversight and Government Reform)
  15. H.Res. 1256 – Congratulating Phil Mickelson on winning the 2010 Masters golf tournament (Rep. Broun – Oversight and Government Reform)
  16. H.Res. 403 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there should be established a National Teacher Day to honor and celebrate teachers in the United States (Rep. Klein – Oversight and Government Reform)
  17. H.Res. 1297 – Supporting the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week (Rep. Markey (CO) – Oversight and Government Reform)
  18. H.Res. 792 – Honoring Robert Kelly Slater for his outstanding and unprecedented achievements in the world of surfing and for being an ambassador of the sport and excellent role model (Rep. Posey – Oversight and Government Reform)


On Wednesday the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. At approximately 11:00 a.m., the House will convene in a Joint Meeting with the Senate for the purpose of receiving an address from His Excellency Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of the United Mexican States. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (9 Bills):

  1. H.R. 2136 – Honorable Stephanie Tubbs Jones College Fire Prevention Act (Rep. Fudge – Education and Labor)
  2. H.Res. 1292 – Congratulating the Emporia State University Lady Hornets women’s basketball team for winning the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship (Rep. Moran (KS) – Education and Labor)
  3. H.Res. 1336 – Congratulating the University of Texas men’s swimming and diving team for winning the NCAA Division I national championship (Rep. Smith (TX) – Education and Labor)
  4. H.Res. 996 – Expressing support for designation of September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (Rep. Fudge – Energy and Commerce)
  5. H.Res. 713 – Recognizing the significant contributions of United States automobile dealerships, and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that in the interest of equity, automobile dealers whose franchises have been terminated through no fault of their own be given an opportunity of first consideration once the auto market rebounds and stabilizes (Rep. Al Green – Energy and Commerce)
  6. H.R. 2546 – Blue Star/Gold Star Flag Act (Rep. Boccieri – Financial Services)
  7. H.R. 1177 – 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Act (Rep. Moore (KS) – Financial Services)
  8. H.R. 5128 – To designate the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, District of Columbia, as the “Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building” (Rep. Heinrich – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  9. H.Res. 1339 – Expressing support for designation of May as National Foster Care Month and acknowledging the responsibility that Congress has to promote safety, well-being, improved outcomes, and permanency for the Nation’s collective children. (Rep. McDermott – Ways and Means)

Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments with a House Amendment to H.R. 4213 – The American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

Further Action on The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Gordon – Science and Technology) (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.

As always, Congress Matters has the full committee schedule for the week.

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  • Chris51 07/01/2010 10:51am

    Corporations have increased their cash reserves to $1.84 TRILLION, THE HIGHEST FIGURE IN HISTORY! Big business and the banks, after an unprecedented bailout by the public treasury, are hoarding the funds (Americans pay this back on their IRS tax bill). BIG CORPORATIONS EXECUTIVES ARE MAKING BIG BONUSES AND GETTING SALARY INCREASES FOR SHOWING HUGE PROFITS. The cash reserves of major corporations have jumped 26 percent in one year, the largest percentage increase in nearly 60 years. The cash reserves of working people, and particularly the unemployed, have not been so fortunate.
    Republican bloc, the Senate vote and defeat several proposed extension of unemployment benefits for unemployed workers. Many of these same Senators rushed through a $700 BILLION bailout of Wall Street in 2008 in a matter of days, cannot bring itself to support even the most meager subsistence for the unemployed workers who are the victims, not the perpetrators, of the economic crisis.

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