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The Week Ahead in Congress

July 11, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate will continue their dog-and-pony-show debt debate this week, kicking things off today with a vote on a motion to officially begin debate of a non-binding “sense of the Senate” resolution stating that people earning more than $1 million should “make a more meaningful contribution” to balancing the budget. That vote will likely be approved with a simple majority of Democrats, but the resolution will undoubtedly be filibustered to death and not be allowed a final vote on passage because even allowing an up-or-down vote on a symbolic resolution on raising taxes on the rich is a step too far for the anti-tax Republicans. Once that resolution is officially killed, the Senate will most likely move on to a stand-alone bill to raise the debt ceiling, knowing full-well that it stands no chance of being approved.

The Senate schedule may sound sort of pathetic given the monumental importance of the debt and deficit debate at hand, but rest assured, there will also be some more substantial work going on. We just don’t get to see it because it’s purposely being conducted in secret behind close doors.

Congressional Republicans and  Democrats, and White House officials, will be meeting throughout the week to talk about whose taxes to adjust, which spending items to eliminate, and whether or not seniors and low-income people should have their benefits reduced. The July 22nd/August 2nd deadline for a deal on raising the debt ceiling is quickly approaching, and, according to a Democratic official, President Obama is telling Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to be prepared to meet on the issues every day this week. To follow the meetings, look out for second-hand reports and statements from politicians using the media as a tool for manipulation. That’s as close to transparency as you’re going to get.

Below are the official floor schedules Congress will be occupying the C-SPAN cameras with. First the House:

MONDAY, JULY 11TH
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.

Continue Consideration of H.R. 2354 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

The rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules.

H.R. 2417 – Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton / Energy and Commerce Committee)

TUESDAY, JULY 12TH, AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

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

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

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.

H.R. 1309 – Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Judy Biggert / Financial Services Committee)

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments and allows for the Chairman or his designee to offer amendments en bloc:

Rep. Judy Biggert Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Spencer Bachus Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jackie Speier Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jeff Flake Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Ros-Lehtinen / Rivera / Wilson (FL) / Hinojosa / Holt Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Doris Matsui Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Lee Terry / Rick Berg Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Maxine Waters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Steven Palazzo Amendment #27 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Tim Walberg Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Dennis Cardoza Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Dan Burton / Pete Stark Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. James McGovern Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Kevin Brady Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Henry Cuellar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Sherman / Bachus / Meeks / Gregory Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. David Loebsack Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Steven Palazzo Amendment #28 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Candice Miller Amendment #5 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Quico Canseco Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Bobby Scott Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Tim Walz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Candice Miller Amendment #7 (10 minutes of debate)

H.R. 2018 – Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Mica / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 2354 – Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 2012 (Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen / Appropriations Committee)

The rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2434 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson / Appropriations Committee)

Possible Consideration of Legislation Related to H.R. 658FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Mica / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee / Science and Technology Committee / Judiciary Committee)


Lightbulbs!


Since the Senate is really bad about telling us what they’re unto, here’s all we’re told about their week at this point:



  • Convenes: 2pm

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1323, a bill to express the sense of the Senate on shared sacrifice in resolving the budget deficit, post-cloture, with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.

  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to S.1323.
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      Although it wasn’t meant to happen, many seniors depend on social security to have their basic needs met. Any money spent there gets into the economy quickly and generates twice the amount sent to seniors. It is not a good option to reduce this funding.

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