The Week AheadJune 14, 2010 - by Donny Shaw
It’s going to be a busy week on the Hill, with senators trying to break a stalemate on the long overdue unemployment benefits/tax extenders bill (H.R.4213) and a House-Senate conference committee starting to vote on how to resolve dozens of differences between their financial reform bills (H.R.4173).
At the same time, the House of Representatives will be working through a full slate of bills, with some big ones possibly coming up for votes later in the week. Here are their schedules as currently posted. First, the House:
First Vote of the Week… Monday 6:30 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted… Friday p.m.
MONDAY, JUNE 14, 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 (4 Bills)
- H.R. 5502 – To amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (Rep. Maffei – Financial Services)
- H.Res. 1409 – Expressing support for designation of June 20, 2010, as “American Eagle Day”, and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States (Rep. Roe – Financial Services)
- H.Res. 1368 – Supporting the goals of National Dairy Month (Rep. Courtney – Agriculture)
- H.Res. 1383 – Honoring Dr. Larry Case on his retirement as National FFA Advisor (Rep. Luetkemeyer – Agriculture)
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., the House will recess for the Former Member’s Association annual meeting. The House will reconvene at approximately 11:30 a.m. 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 (10 Bills)
- H.R. 4451 – Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act (Rep. Murphy (CT) – Energy and Commerce)
- H.R. 4855 – Work-Life Balance Award Act (Rep. Woolsey – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1389 – Recognizing the immeasurable contributions of fathers in the healthy development of children, supporting responsible fatherhood, and encouraging greater involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, especially on Father’s Day (Rep. McIntyre – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1414 – Congratulating Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men-Englewood Campus for achieving a 100 percent college acceptance rate for all 107 members of its first graduating class of 2010 (Rep. Rush – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1322 – Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program and recognizing the significant contributions of Albert Einstein Fellows (Rep. Michaud – Education and Labor)
- H.Con.Res. 242 – Honoring and praising the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on the occasion of its 101st anniversary (Rep. Al Green – Judiciary)
- H.Res. 1422 – Honoring the Department of Justice on the occasion of its 140th anniversary (Rep. Sensenbrenner – Judiciary)
- H.R. 2142 – Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act (Rep. Cuellar – Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.Res. 879 – Supporting the goals and ideals of American Education Week (Rep. Minnick – Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.Res. 1357 – Commending and congratulating the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Rep. Watson – Oversight and Government Reform)
H.R. 5297 – Small Business Lending Fund Act of 2010 (Rep. Frank – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule)
Possible Consideration of H.R. 5175 – DISCLOSE Act (Rep. Van Hollen – House Administration) (Subject to a Rule)
Possible Further Action on H.R. 4899 – Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010 (Rep. Obey – Appropriations) (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.
The DISCLOSE Act is the Democrats legislative response to the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United v. FEC ruling that allows corporations to spend directly and in unlimited amounts on advertisements for or against congressional candidates. The bill wouldn’t challenge the ruling, but instead would require corporations financing political ads to disclose their identities in various ways.
And here’s what we know about the Senate’s schedule for the week so far. Monday:
The Senate will convene at 2:00pm. Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.4213, Tax Extenders. There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session of the Senate. However, the bill Manager will be here to continue working through amendments on the Extenders bill.
On Tuesday, June 15, at 11:30am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and debate concurrently the nominations listed below for a total of 20 minutes, equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Sessions or their designees.
- Cal.#732- Tanya Pratt, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana;
- Cal.#775- Brian Jackson, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana; and
- Cal.#776- Elizabeth Foote, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nominations. After the first vote, the succeeding votes will be 10 minute votes. Therefore, senators should expect a series of up to 3 roll call votes to begin at approximately 11:50am on Tuesday, June 14.