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The Week Ahead in Congress

July 18, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The big item on the agenda this week will be the unemployment extension bill that’s been stuck in the Senate for the past month and a half. Sen. Robert Byrd’s [D, WV] interim replacement, Carte Goodwin, is going to be sworn-in to the Senate on Tuesday at 2:15, and immediately afterwards, he will vote with 57 other Democrats plus Republicans Snowe and Collins in favor of “cloture,” which will end the filibuster and allow the bill to move forward towards final passage.

As I explained Friday, after they pass cloture, the Senate will still have to take one more vote on the bill (within 30 hours of passing cloture) before they can send it over to the House of Representatives for the final vote before it is sent to Obama for his signature. As you’ll see in the schedule below, the House is already anticipating having the bill sent over to them from the Senate sometime this week. This whole thing should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In the meantime, when they’re not working on the unemployment bill, both chambers will be voting on all kinds of other stuff, like small business loans, safer oil drilling technology, and helping Haitian orphans. Take a look for yourself below.

First, the House schedule:

MONDAY, JULY 19, 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 6:00 p.m.

Suspensions (5 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1472 - Expressing support for designation of the week of September 13, 2010, as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (Rep. Polis – Education and Labor)
  2. H.Con.Res. 126 – Recognizing the 50th anniversary of Title VI international education programs within the Department of Education (Rep. Watson – Education and Labor)
  3. H.Res. 1219 – Expressing support for designation of September as National Child Awareness Month (Rep. Calvert – Education and Labor)
  4. H.Res. 1491 – Congratulating the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on winning the 2010 NCAA Division I College World Series (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Education and Labor)
  5. H.R. 1855SECTORS Act (Rep. Loebsack – Education and Labor)


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. 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 (24 Bills)

  1. H.R. 5266 - National Commission on Children and Disasters Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Brown (FL) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  2. H.R. 5545 – To deauthorize a portion of the project for navigation, Potomac River, Washington Channel, District of Columbia, under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  3. H.Res. 1463 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Railroad Retirement Day (Rep. Perriello – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  4. H.R. 5604 – Surface Transportation Savings Act of 2010 (Rep. Perriello – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  5. H.R. 5301 – To extend the period during which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and States are prohibited from requiring a permit under section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for certain discharges that are incidental to normal operation of vessels (Rep. LoBiondo – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  6. H.R. 4842 – Homeland Security Science and Technology Authorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security)
  7. H.Res. 1516 – Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, honoring the service members who fought in World War II and their families, and honoring the service members who are currently serving in combat operations (Rep. Skelton – Armed Services)
  8. H.Res. 1411 – Honoring the service and commitment of the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (Rep. Schwartz – Armed Services)
  9. H.Res. 1483 – Recognizing the exemplary service and sacrifice of the soldiers of the 14th Armored Division of the United States Army, known as the Liberators, during World War II (Rep. Gingrey – Armed Services)
  10. H.R. 5341 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Orndorf Drive in Brighton, Michigan, as the “Joyce Rogers Post Office Building” (Rep. Dingell – Oversight and Government Reform)
  11. H.Res. 1513 – Congratulating the Saratoga Race Course as it celebrates its 142nd season (Rep. Murphy (NY) – Oversight and Government Reform)
  12. H.R. 4684 – National September 11 Memorial & Museum Commemorative Medal Act (Rep. Nadler – Financial Services)
  13. H.R. 5283 – Help HAITI Act of 2010 (Rep. Fortenberry – Judiciary)
  14. H.R. 5532 – International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary)
  15. H.Res. 1470 – Honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished career of Chief Justice William S. Richardson (Rep. Djou – Judiciary)
  16. H.R. 5566 – Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010 (Rep. Gallegly – Judiciary)
  17. S. 1749 – Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 (Sen. Feinstein – Judiciary)
  18. H.R. 1469 – Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009 (Rep. Schiff – Judiciary)
  19. Senate Amendments to H.R. 725 – Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act (Rep. Pastor – Natural Resources)
  20. S. 1053 – To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date (Sen. Murkowski – Natural Resources)
  21. H.R. 5716 – Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act (Rep. Gordon – Science and Technology)
  22. H.R. 2693 – Federal Oil Spill Research Program Act (Rep. Woolsey – Science and Technology)
  23. H.Con.Res. 292 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Aerospace Week (Rep. Ehlers – Science and Technology)
  24. H.R. 4380 - U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means)

H.R. 1264 – Multiple Peril Insurance Act (Rep. Taylor – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule)

Further Action on H.R. 4213 – Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means) (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’s on the Senate calendar so far for the week:

Monday, July 19 — Convenes: 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.

At 3:00pm, the Senate will resume consideration of HR5297, the Small Business Jobs bill. There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session of the Senate.


There will be no roll call votes on Monday, July 19.

Tuesday, July 20


2:30pm roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture with respect to H.R.4213, which extends Unemployment benefits through November.

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Displaying 61-90 of 148 total comments.

  • jakj1 07/19/2010 5:45am

    This is what some of our elected officals are getting paid while doing nothing!!

    Majority Leader – $193,400
    Minority Leader – $193,400
    Senate Leadership
    Majority Party Leader – $193,400
    Minority Party Leader – $193,400
    Speaker of The House – $223,500
    The current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:33pm

    Yeah and they voted themselves a pay raise this year to boot!!!! Isn’t that just the limit?!!!

  • vcfitz 07/19/2010 6:06am

    The politicians need to stop playing their political games for the November Elections and stop playing with people’s lives like this. They need to PASS this Extension and HELP the AMERICAN people first before they even consider helping other countries like Haiti. We have people living on the streets, and in their cars because the Politicans are too busy enjoying their Caviar at their glamorous luncheons! It’s not the common folks fault that the recession happened and it’s not their fault that businesses aren’t hiring. Everyone is doing their part in trying to find Employment and pay their bills and stand on their OWN two feet. Maybe we should take away the politicans funds of all kinds and bring them down to the common folk level and let them see how it feels to be one of us for a change. They want to help other countries without helping their own country that they live in…how does that make sense?

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 11:23am

    Maybe we aught to take away their raise they voted for themselves this year. Or oh wait maybe we should just take away their income like they did ours!!!

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    understanding 07/19/2010 11:37am

    I am not going to be happy if Sen. Reid puts H.R. 4213 up for the vote instead of H.R. 5618. First they have to vote first time around 2:30 pm on Tuesday. They will not be able to vote on it again until around 8 pm. on Wednesday or Thursday morning. Then if it passes, it then has to go to the House. Unless H.R. 4213 doesn’t pass in the first vote causing them to vote then for H.R. 5618 later on Tuesday or Wed. morning.

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    dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 12:04pm

    Actually, they have the ability to bypass the wait time on the vote. If you look at how the vote was done for the Wall Street Reform Bill (Dodd/Frank Bill). They voted to invoke cloture at 11am. Voted to move it to a final vote @ noon or so and then the final vote was at like 1 or 2pm. The Majority and Minority leader agreed to this. They did so because the Minority leader realized he didnt have the votes and couldnt stop it. More than likely that will be the case here. Although the Republicans could be JERKS and say screw it let them swing in the breeze a bit longer. More than likely though, they will expedite it and push it all thru same day. The House could have it back as soon as late Tuesday or early weds for approval

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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 12:36pm

    if reid would allow for a vote on 5618 it wouldn’t even have to go back to the house it would pass the senate immediately then the press could sign the bill on Wednesday. (bush’s extinsions and the oboma’s extension were all signed the very next day)

    If 4213 passes the senate ( I say if because it has failed in the senate 3 times) it has to go back to the house, if it goes back to the house they can make changes to the bill then it wold have to go back to the senate to be voted on again before going to the president.

    this looks to be a long way from being over unless reid will allow for a vote on 5618 or any of several other standalone unemployment extensions he has been blocking.

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    understanding 07/19/2010 12:40pm

    Thanks, dbruneau5973 and Abaratarrr for the info.

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    dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 12:47pm

    I agree with you. When I spoke with Reid’s office on Friday, they would only confirm that there was a vote scheduled on unemployment, but not which bill. I can tell you I just watch the Senate Adjourn for the day about 20 minutes ago. Prior to ajourning, tomorrows schedule was laid out. It will definitely be HR4213 being brought for cloture and vote. I share the same concerns you do. I have voiced my concern over and over again. Infact I am copying and pasting an email i sent to EVERY US SENATOR on FRIDAY!

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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 12:40pm

    ried has already said that if 4213 does not pass that the unemployment issue is dead. He said that he will not allow for a stand alone extension. He is holding us hostage, if the special interest groups don’t get money we don’t get to eat. Then he gets to blame the republicans for not passing an unemployment extension.

    If he allowed for a vote on a standalone bill it would pass and he couldn’t place blame on the republicans.

  • amashoosier08 07/19/2010 6:48am

    If you live in Indiana the first 26 weeks are included in your 99 weeks and the uplink system will kick out vouchers for all the back weeks you missed on filing since benefits lapsed. the system will then pay you for all the weeks benefits your eligible for after filing your vouchers. there are 26 weeks then 4 emergency tiers and then 20 weeks EB state benefits that are federally funded all of that totlas 99 weeks.

  • seanurse 07/19/2010 6:53am
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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 9:10am

    sorry there has ever even been and amendment written that creates a tier 4.

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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 9:11am

    Correction I mean there has ever even been and amendment written that creates a “tier 5”.

  • desperatentx 07/19/2010 7:06am
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    one of my friends just informed me that obama passed the bill today….has anyone heard anything of the same??? oh Dear God please have mercy on us all we need You touch the hearts of everyone who has control of this situation….and please give us all strength and sanity….Amen!

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    dwcstmdznr 07/19/2010 7:39am

    Obama can’t pass the bill, the senate and house have to pass the bill, then Obama sins it into law.

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    desperatentx 07/19/2010 7:47am

    i understand that but she heard on CNN that he is going to make it happen…

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    dwcstmdznr 07/19/2010 8:27am

    He can urge the senate to pass the bill but he can’t do it himself. He has been asking them to pass it for a couple of months now but so far with no sucess. Hopefully the new senator from W Va does as expected and votes for cloture so they can then vote on the bill and pass it.

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 11:25am

    …and income!!!

  • sugarbearakarachel 07/19/2010 7:22am

    Ok no there isn’t a 5th teir correct me if iam wrong some states might be wrong with 26 wks and the 1-4tier that adds up to 779 weeks and they are saying 99 wks now my state ohio has a state eb which adds up 20 more wks so iam not sure bout other states that’s the next teir after 4 which if I can count that adds up to 99 wks ponly reason iam pointing this out is that someone told another person if they reached tier 4 they where screwed that’s not the case it could be that states r different but do the math 26 and tiers 1-4 add up to 79 total with the extra 20 that adds up to 99 so ur not screwed but check that

  • shirlallen4 07/19/2010 7:23am

    Ok people this week we are going to stay positive. I’ve read blogs from 1 wanting to commit suicide- to not knowing for sure which bill will be scheduled for out. To my believer-lets do what we’ve always been taught. The power of prayer changes things, right? So, this week let’s remain positive and post positive blogs. Everyone has heard about how we’re unable to pay our bills due to this bill not being passed in a timely manner, and all we can do is complain, and those in charge hear our voices & cries, and still go on vacation. BUT, there is a higher authority that NEVER vacations, never takes breaks, and never seems to fail me. To the unbeliever-maybe its time you met Him (Jesus). Let’s let this weeks blog be about Him.

  • planet855 07/19/2010 7:32am

    After a year and three months, I actually had an interview along with an assessment today. This is after applying for about anything I could physically do. The whole day went well and I have a second interview tomorrow. I hope I can get there since I am almost out of gas and this is about ten miles from my home.

    Having said this, I cannot understand those who come on here and criticize those of us who were laid off at no fault of their own. Its not like most of us are riding on the government by choice and in my case a $400 a week cut in pay. I have been out doing everything possible to find anything and had to settle for a call center job which right now I would be one of the lucky ones. The only reason I was able to get this far is that my phone and gas and the bare minimums where being handled by getting unemployment compensation. My question to Congress would be: How do they expect people to find work when they loose every tool to do so? Welfare? Get it passed now!

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    helpus 07/19/2010 9:57am

    I am with you planet855. I am now on my 1,000 applied job application with only a handful of interviews as a result. I had one potential employer call last Friday who will be doing interviews this week and I am praying that this will be the one. Who would of thought that trying to get a job would be as tough as trying to win the lottery. Hopefully my funds last and the price of gas doesn’t increase so I could get to the interview.

  • Drewbot78 07/19/2010 7:37am

    YES everyone, it is time to see the writing on the wall. Stop putting your faith in these fallible people. Put your faith where it needs to be, faith in God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The amount of peace you will gain in your life is a miracle in itself.

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    dwcstmdznr 07/19/2010 7:42am
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    God doesn’t pay the bills!

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:37pm

    Chin up desperatentexas the sun will rise in the morning and we all get another chance to start again. It’s funny how that works that way every day. Try not to be too down… I could start telling you some really serious stories that might make yours seem a little less desperate but I’m trying to cheer you up here not make you feel further desperation. Hey we are in this together and we are all feeling the pinch together.

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    dijon 07/19/2010 10:00am

    Oh but he does! FAITH! Hang on you’ll soon look at this crap as a bad dream! I pray for your strength.

    Continue to Be Blessed!

  • shirlallen4 07/19/2010 7:40am

    (Jesus). Let’s let this weeks blog be about Him. “Father God I ask that you bless my brother & sister who’s reading this that you give them the strength, guidance, and help they need father. God you said in your word, matthew 18:19, that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”. God we’re handing all of our troubles over to you because we know that this is not our battle, its yours God, and as we pray this week and come together as believers we know its done God. Father God, I even pray for the one who’s not a believer. Change their heart,mind and spirit, let today be a new beginning for them, allow them to open their mouths and pray, allow them to open their Bibles, and read your word. Father God, In your name I pray".

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    helpus 07/19/2010 9:51am

    @shirlallen4, Thank you

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