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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)

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK

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.

Votes:

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

Tuesday, July 20

Votes:

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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Comments

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:39pm

    Amen!!! :)

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:40pm

    Isaiah 61:6 Promises that We will named priests of the Lord, men will call us ministers of our God. We will eat the riches of the gentiles and in their glory we shall boast!!! :)

  • shirlallen4 07/19/2010 7:42am

    (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”.

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    desperatentx 07/19/2010 7:48am

    AMEN!

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    Chris51 07/19/2010 7:56am

    AMEN.

  • fanofjims 07/19/2010 8:16am

    People Like Me
    There are people like me who struggle to survive
    Overcoming days we’re fighting to remain alive
    Yet there are many others who have it even worse
    Feeling like existence is an infliction or a curse
    Underneath blue skies as the rain falls hard
    Upon those wounded with souls left scarred
    And all that we want to do is get a little ahead
    Instead of ending up back from where we fled
    Although we work our fingers down to the bone
    We’re left abandoned in societies battle zone
    People think it’s our fault who don’t have a clue
    Or know what it’s like to be both me and you
    So before you cast a stone in our direction
    And immediately glance at us with rejection
    You would see what most of us really need
    Is some kind of a chance to actually succeed

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:43pm

    Bravo! You have so eloquently penned what is in our hearts! Thank you.

  • tiamo4ever 07/19/2010 8:17am

    Ohio here, i called twice last week to see what the filing process will be (IF) THE EXTENSION IS APPROVED. I had filed online previous, and check this out- 45 minute wait the first call and the agent said i should have been calling in every week since my last check June 5- there was no such information on my filing page, so she begrudgingly put me in the system again, (she was just nasty to make a long story short. It angered me so later in the day i called again and got another agent, he told me we will automatically go into the system again if approved, and it will be retroactive from the last check. He was sweet, but honestly he could not answer some of my questions. He said it was a mad house, i hung up feeling somewhat better, but honestly, i think everyone should call their own agency to make sure (IF) it passes, you either file on-line or need to call weekly/bi-weekly etc. They are as confused as we are.

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    dwcstmdznr 07/19/2010 8:30am

    Fortunately the state of MD actomatically keeps you in the system and sends reminders to continue filing by weekly webcerts so we don’t forget or loose our future (hopefully) benefits

  • eavina30 07/19/2010 8:35am

    Just called Ben Nelson and he wouldn’t answer, he might be trying avoid the Nay vote for Unemployment benefits, I also called Omaha Steaks with is Ben Nelson’s major contributor and told them that we are boycotting them for supplying the money for him voting no. There response was they don’t have any ties, Ben Nelson is a Democrat. Call every senator three times today, email, everyone do there part!!!!!

  • OnlyinAmerica 07/19/2010 8:54am

    Let us be realistic about the whole thing. There is no guarantee the bill will pass this week. Hopefully, nobody has changed their minds since voting yea the last time. Harry Reid could avoid a lot of problems by calling up the newest version for a vote. He is being an ass by trying to push through a bill with a lot of crap attached to it. If he insists on calling the older version for a vote, it has to go back to the House before going to Obama. In California you have to wait until they send you a claim form through the mail before you can get a check. The earliest anyone will see any money will be next week.

  • pammyz01 07/19/2010 9:05am

    How many weeks in a tier?

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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 9:42am

    tier 4 in 13 weeks + 6 weeks for states with a TUR over 9% (tier 4 also added one week to tier 2)

    Teir 3 is state extended benefits it provided 13 weeks to all plus 7 weeks for states that have a TUR (total unemployment rate) over 8.5) Teir 3 is funny if you enter into tier three and the extinsion deadline expires you do not get to finnish the teir out like you do with the other tiers it looks as though most if not all states are now paying tier four before they pay tier 3.

    Tier 2 is 13 weeks plus the one week added to tier 2 by tier 4.

    tier 1 is 20 weeks

    That is the just of it, i am sure I made a miner error on the explanation somewhere but that should give you a general Idea of how it works. I finished tier 2 over 2 years ago so my memory is somewhat fuzzy.

  • KyleAbbott 07/19/2010 10:01am

    Pay for the UI extensions out of unused stimulus funds. Don’t add to the deficit. Done deal. Ever heard of compromise? The GOP already said they would vote for that. Dems just don’t want to abandon their failed “Stimulus.”

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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 10:10am

    you can;t blame the “dems” for that one, the democrats in general want to help us and would vote for it, it is the the fault of two individuals that nothing can be done, Pelosi and Reid. you can not blame an intire party over the games being played by two individuals, The “dems” have been up in arms in they pas,t mad as hell over pelosi blocking beneifts. You can not blame them for the actions of two individuals in their party.

    do you think for a minute the the senate democrats would vote no on a stand alone unemployment extension if reid allowed one to be voted on? Actually they tried before the memorial day break Both senate democrats and republicans voted for it but pelosi wouldn’t allow for a vote, the house dems were furious, don’t blame them because someone that just happens to have a D at the end of her name does something stupid.

  • Kerlynne 07/19/2010 10:15am

    Hi fellow unemployed!! Is there an end in sight? What is it? Donny Shaw says it should all be done by the end of the week? We still need to keep calling and writing, keep the pressure on and our voices heard!!

    REMEMBER NOVEMBER!!

  • trynghard63 07/19/2010 10:18am

    Well it looks as if there is no help out here at all! Ive been without UI since they stopped the checks. Today is the first day I have broken down and called around for assistance. The lady at the power company gave me 6 phone numbers to call to see if I could get help with my power bill. None of them had money to assist with the power bill. Oh Lord I am praying so hard that this bill gets passed so we can get our checks started back. I actually had to ask my 19 year old son for $50 so I could buy grocreys. We all need to keep praying that they pass this and soon. And dont stop praying, We really need to pray for this country and its leaders. May God help us all!

  • seanurse 07/19/2010 10:54am

    WOW DID EVERYBODY READ THE SPEECH THE PRESIDENT GAVE TODAY ON UNEMPLOYMENT??? NEW SPEECH GIVEN AT 10:00 AM TODAY WAS VERY GOOD. HE BLASTED CONGRESS AGAIN. IM GLAD HES PUTTING THE SCREWS TO THEM. WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET. SOME SENATORS ARE SAYING THEY ARE CHANGING THEIR VOTES. LETS HOPE ITS FOR OUR SIDE NOT THE REP. GOD HELP US ALL TO GET THIS PASSED THIS WEEK.

  • seanurse 07/19/2010 11:02am

    EVERYONE MUST REMEMBER NOVEMBER. WE ALSO NEED TO GET THE EXTENSIONS FOR THE 99ERS GOING STRONGER. WE NEED ATIER 5 EVEN THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS TODAY. SO SOON AS THIS PASSES THIS WEEK WE MUST PUT PRESSURE BACK ON THEM. WE HAVE THE WHOLE MONTH THAT THEY ARE OFF TO GET THINGS TOGETHER. PROTESTS, SIGNS ,RALLYS, AND GET OURSELVES BETTER SITUATED. WE WILL HAVE MONEY TO DO THINGS WE COULDNT THIS TIME AROUND,BECAUSE THEY CAUGHT US OFF GUARD. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! WE MUST STICK TOGETHER AND FIGHT,FIGHT, FIGHT FOR OUR CONTRY AND OUR RIGHTS!!!!

  • dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 11:06am

    OK so I noticed that the House vote on this bill is “SUBJECT TO RULES”. Anyone know what this means? Can this cause a delay?? HELP

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    Kerlynne 07/19/2010 11:25am

    yes, from my understanding they can change somethings on the bill itself or if one of the rules that get it to the floor to vote on isn’t done right… they would start all over.

  • seanurse 07/19/2010 11:07am

    I HEARD IT WOULD ONLY TAKE THREE DAYS FROM THE PRESIDENT SIGNING IT. AS THE FUNDS ARE READY TO GO. THE GOVERMENT IS EMAILING THEIR DECISIONS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICES, SO THEY JUST RELEASE THEM TO OUR CARDS OR BANK ACCOUNTS, JUST LIKE WHEN WE CERTIFY ON MON AND HAVE MONEY ON WED IN OUR ACCOUNTS. GOD I HOPE SO . EVERYBODY KEEP THE FAITH AND BE SAFE.

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/19/2010 11:21am

    That is only if your state has entered the 21st century. In California they send you a claim form through the mail to fill out and return through the mail. If you are very lucky you will get the first check in 10 days.

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    seanurse 07/19/2010 1:50pm

    SORRY I JUST ASSUMED ALL STATES WERE DOING THE CASH DEBIT CARDS OR DOING DIRECT DEPOSIT TO YOUR OWN ACCOUNT. GLAD IM NOT IN CALIFORNIA.SO THE RESIDENTS THERE DONT CERTIFY ON COMPUTERS AND CALL IN ON THE PHONE EVERY TWO WEEKS? BUMER

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/19/2010 2:10pm

    Thats OK. It is rough on all of us. California plans to change to a more modern system by the end of this year. In California we currently have to fill out a claim form every two weeks and wait up to ten days after sending it in to receive a check. The Unemployment office will not send out any claim forms to be filed just in case Congress passes an extension. Once an extension is passed the mailings start a few days later. The crazy part is they will then only send out one claim form at a time for a two week period until you catch up with the cycle.

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    poorboy760 07/19/2010 7:48pm

    Thats not true.Im a 26er (CALI) and my last check was on the 15th of june and they still send me the stubs to fill out.Im on my 3rd one to send back around the 23rd this month.They keep sending them every 2 weeks and i send them back in on time.I was approved for a extension but it was passed the cut off date.Makes me think they are gonna mail out checks instead of a all in one check.

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/20/2010 6:08am

    Yes it is true. If your extension ended, no claim forms were sent out. They are waiting for the passing of the bill before they send out claim forms.

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    Abaratarrr 07/19/2010 12:55pm

    how can there be funds “ready to go” the funds have to come from Washington, Washington does not know how much to send to the states if there is no law, in the past it has taken 3-7 weeks from the time a bill is passed till people started getting checks, it varies from state to state. If you look in the comment section from some of the past extensions that have passed you can get an idea of the time lines.

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    dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 1:00pm

    You can contact the Dept of Labor Employment and Training @ 1 877 US2 JOBS once the vote is taken. They can tell you approximately how long it will take to get you state up and running. BTW That is the OFFICIAL statement from Janice Oates who was on CSPAN this morning. She is the person who handles all of this for the Federal Government. Here is the link from todays show:

    http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/19/WJE/A/35732/Jane+Oates+Department+of+Labor+Assistant+Sec+of+Employment+Training.aspx

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:46pm

    @seanurse That is what the Texas unemployment office told me too.

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