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The Week Ahead in Congress

May 9, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The House comes back into session tomorrow to vote on more bills to expand domestic oil drilling, and, later in the week, on reauthorizing the nation’s intelligence programs. The drilling bills are supposed to be serious responses to the recent gas-price bubble, though none of them have been designed with passing the Democratic Senate in mind, and increasing domestic drilling would not lower gas prices in the short term anyways. Probably not much in the long term either. The Senate meanwhile is stuck without much to do after the Republicans last week filibustered the small business jobs bill to death. They’ll start off the week with some judicial nominees. No hints yet as to what’s in store for later in the week as Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] did not file any cloture petitions on legislation before adjourning last week.

Here’s a closer look at the House’s schedule:

MONDAY, MAY 9TH
On Monday, the House is not in session.

TUESDAY, MAY 10TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 1229 – Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings / Natural Resources Committee)

The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Rep. Jared Polis Amendment #22 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. John Garamendi Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Edward Markey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Rush Holt Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jared Polis Amendment #23 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment #12 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Theodore Deutch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jared Polis Amendment #21 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Alcee Hastings Amendment #13 (10 minutes of debate)

H.R. 1016 – Assessing Progress in Haiti Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee / Foreign Affairs Committee)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11TH
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 1231 – Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings / Natural Resources Committee)

THURSDAY, MAY 12TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 754 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)

FRIDAY, MAY 13TH
On Friday, 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.

Complete Consideration of H.R. 754 - Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (MI) / Permanent Select Intelligence Committee)

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