The Week Ahead in CongressJanuary 17, 2011 - by Donny Shaw
After a week of in response to the Tucson shooting, the House is back in session to vote on canceling out Obamacare via their subtly-named Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. Under the rule passed by Republicans last week, no amendments will be allowed, except for one from Whip Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7] that will be deemed passed without a separate vote. The complete schedule for the week is below:
THE LEADER’S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2011
MONDAY, JANUARY 17TH
On Monday, the House is not in session.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 18TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) S.Con.Res. 2 – A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for an event marking the 50th anniversary of the inaugural address of President John F. Kennedy (Sponsored by Sen. John Kerry / House Administration Committee)
2) H.R. 292 - Stop the Over Printing (STOP) Act (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Lee / House Administration Committee)
Begin Consideration of H.R. 2 – Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (Closed Rule, 7 Hours of General Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Education and the Workforce Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.
Complete Consideration of H.R. 2 – Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (Closed Rule, 7 Hours of General Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Education and the Workforce Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes for the week are expected by noon.
H.Res. 9 – Instructing certain committees to report legislation replacing the Job-Killing Health Care Law (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David Dreier / Rules Committee)
The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
Rep. Jim Matheson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 21ST
On Friday, the House is not in session.
The Senate is out of session for their annual retreats and won’t return until the 25th. When they do come back, the will not be considering the health care repeal bill that the House is voting on. The Democratic Senate Majority Leader has sole power over what bills are brought to the floor (except in the case of resolutions of disapproval) and there’s no reason why he would hold a debate on repealing the health care law that he just spent an entire year on passing and that hasn’t even gone into effect yet. That’s why the House’s repeal bill is pretty much just a political move, and why it doesn’t really matter that they exempted its impact on the deficit from their budgeting rules.