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The Week Ahead in Congress

October 10, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

Some big items on the agenda this week, including the first and only vote Obama’s jobs bill, the American Jobs Act of 2011, is likely to get. The bill was tweaked last week to get more Democrats on board by switching the revenue section from a collection of tax-loophole closers to a 5.6% tax increase on income earned above $1 million. The change is expected to bring the Democrats in favor to about 47, short of both the 60 that would be needed to break a Republican filibuster and the 51 that would be needed to actually pass it.

On the House side, the Republicans will be continuing their Fall anti-regulatory “jobs agenda” with a vote later this week on preventing the EPA from regulating coal ash. Before they get to that, though, they’ll vote on a bill that would virtually eliminate private health insurance coverage of abortion services by banning all plans covering abortions, even totally unsubsidized ones, from qualifying for sale under the new health care law. But before that, they’re going to vote on approving three new free-trade deals with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. Those deals could create jobs, but they are likely to kill more jobs than they create. Luckily they’ll also be voting on a companion bill that provide aid for workers who lose their jobs because of the deals.

The full legislative schedules are below, House first:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10TH
On Monday, the House is not in session.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
On Tuesday, 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. Members are advised that the 6:30 p.m. vote series will be longer than usual.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2433 - Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

2) H.R. 2074
– Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

3) H.R. 2302 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify Congress of conferences sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (Sponsored by Rep. Marlin Stutzman / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 2349
– Veterans’ Benefits Training Improvement Act of 2011 (Sponsored by Rep. Jon Runyan / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 1263
- To amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Filner / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

6) H.R. 1025
– To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law (Sponsored by Rep. Timothy Walz / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

Continue Consideration of H.R. 2250EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith / Energy and Commerce Committee)

The rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order only those amendments that have been preprinted in the Congressional Record.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 3078 – United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Ways and Means Committee)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 3079 – United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Ways and Means Committee)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 3080 – United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Ways and Means Committee)

Begin Consideration of the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2832 – To extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee)

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

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3078 – United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Ways and Means Committee)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3079 – United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate)(Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Ways and Means Committee)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3080 – United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Closed Rule, 90 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Eric Cantor / Ways and Means Committee)

Complete Consideration of the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2832 – To extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways and Means Committee)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. By approximately 2:30 p.m., the House will recess and then reconvene at approximately 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of receiving, in a joint meeting with the Senate, the Honorable Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea.

H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
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. 2273 – Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee)

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

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00pm on Friday, October 7, 2011 for a pro-forma session only with no business conducted.
  • The Senate will reconvene at 2:00pm on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 5:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #250, Jane Margaret Triche-Milazzo, to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana with two minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley.
  • At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will conduct 3 roll call votes in relation to the following:

    • confirmation of Executive Calendar #250, Jane Margaret Triche-Milazzo, to be US District Judge for the E.D. of Louisiana,
    • passage of S.1618, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act and
    • motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1660, the American Jobs Act.
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