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The Week Ahead in Congress

March 13, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

Another week, another scramble in Congress to pass a funding bill to keep the government from shutting down. This time, they’re looking at a three-week stopgap bill that would cut about $2 billion per week from 2010 funding levels by essentially accelerating cuts that have been proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. With bipartisan support on the specifics (which you can see here) and a general preference among all to keep the government from shutting down, the bill is expected to pass in both chambers by wide margins and be signed into law before thethe current stopgap runs out on Friday. After that, House Republicans are planning votes on eliminating federal funding for NPR and canceling more housing programs.

Below is the full House schedule for the week. Click on the bill numbers to learn more about them and get involved.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 14TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 793 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 12781 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Inverness, California, as the “Specialist Jake Robert Velloza Post Office” (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Woolsey / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

2) H.Con.Res. 27
- Providing for the acceptance of a statue of Gerald R. Ford from the people of Michigan for placement in the United States Capitol (Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton / House Administration Committee)

TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.J.Res. 48 – Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 839 – The HAMP Termination Act of 2011 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick McHenry / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 861 – The NSP Termination Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Gary Miller / Financial Services Committee)

THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes for the week are expected no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Consideration of legislation relating to the federal funding of NPR, in compliance with the House’s three-day notice requirement

H.Con.Res. 28 – Directing the President, pursuant to section 5© of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan (Subject to a Rule or Unanimous Consent Agreement) (Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich / Foreign Affairs Committee)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH
On Friday, the House is not in session.

The House is scheduled to conclude its legislative business for the week no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, including action on a short-term Continuing Resolution to prevent a government shutdown. Members are advised, however, that the current CR expires on Friday, March 18, and continued funding will be contingent upon Senate action.

And here’s what we know about the Senate’s schedule so far:

Convenes: 2:00pm

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 4:30pm, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive session to consider the nomination of calendar #10, the nomination of James Boasber, of the District of Columbia, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. There will be up to 1 hour for debate equally divided prior to a vote on the nomination.

Senators should expect 2 roll call votes at 5:30pm in relation to the following items:

- Confirmation of the nomination of James Boasber, of the District of Columbia, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, and

- Cloture on the motion to proceed to S.493, SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011.

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