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The Week Ahead in Congress

April 15, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate and the President will be at odds again this week as legislation is once again taken up in spite of a threatened veto. Last week, the Senate approved a bill to provide federal funding for stem cell research, a proposal that President Bush says crosses “a moral boundary.” This week, they will convene at 2PM today to consider another bill under the threat of a veto — S.372, the Intelligence Agencies FY2007 Authorization bill. The bill will serve as a blueprint for the Intelligence budget, setting spending limits and authorizing spying programs. The AP has a rundown of the provisions in the bill that prompted President Bush to threaten a veto.

The House of Representatives returns today to begin a busy week of legislating. A lot of the bills they will take up this week are fairly minor, but on-going negotiations concerning major issues like the Iraq war and immigration reform will continue to loom heavily in the background.

Here is the House of Representatives’ schedule for the week:

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007

The House will meet at 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (8 bills):

1) H.R. 988 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5757 Tilton Ave. in Riverside, Calif., as the “Lieutenant Todd Jason Bryant Post Office”

2) H.R. 1425 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4551 East 52nd St. in Odessa, Texas, as the "Staff Sergeant Marvin “Rex” Young Post Office Building"

3) H.Res.273 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Financial Literacy Month, and for other purposes

4) H.Con.Res. 71 – Commemorating the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the Nation’s 1.3 million American citizens of Greek ancestry, and Philhellenes

5) H.Res.179 – Expressing support for a National Foster Parents Day

6) H.Con.Res. 88 – Honoring the life of Ernest Gallo

7) H.Res. 252 – Recognizing the 45th anniversary of John Hershel Glenn Jr.’s historic achievement in becoming the first United States astronaut to orbit the Earth

8) H.Con.Res. 76 – Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) and its past contributions to space research, and looking forward to future accomplishments


The House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour and at noon for legislative business.

Suspensions (15 bills):

1) H.R. 886 – Wild Sky Wilderness Act of 2007

2) H.Res.217 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the 50th anniversary of Celilo Falls

3) H.R. 609 – To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Central Texas Water Recycling and Reuse Project, and for other purposes

4) H.R. 786 – To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Los Angeles County Water Supply Augmentation Demonstration Project, and for other purposes

5) H.R. 309 – To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a demonstration program to facilitate landscape restoration programs within certain units of the National Park System established by law to preserve and interpret resources associated with American history, and for other purposes

6) H.R. 815 – To provide for the conveyance of certain land in Clark County, Nevada, for use by the Nevada National Guard

7) H.R. 865 – To grant rights-of-way for electric transmission lines over certain Native allotments in the State of Alaska

8) H.R. 1191 – To authorize the National Park Service to pay for services rendered by subcontractors under a General Services Administration Indefinite Deliver/Indefinite Quantity Contract issued for work to be completed at the Grand Canyon National Park

9) H.R. 1677 – Tax Payer Protection Act

10) H.Res.125 - Expressing deep concern over the use of civilians as “human shields” in violation of international humanitarian law and the law of war during armed conflict, including Hezbollah’s tactic of embedding its forces among civilians to use them as human shields during the summer of 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and the State of Israel

11) H.Res. 196 – Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day

12) H.Con. Res.100 – Condemning the recent violent actions of the Government of Zimbabwe against peaceful opposition party activists and members of civil society

13) H.R. 1681 – To amend the Congressional Charter of The American National Red Cross to modernize its governance structure, to enhance the ability of the board of governors of The American National Red Cross to support the critical mission of The American National Red Cross in the 21st century, and for other purposes

14) H.Res. 293 – Supporting the goals and ideals highlighted through National Volunteer Week

15) H.R. 1515 – To amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to treat certain communities as metropolitan cities for purposes of the community development block grant program


On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the House is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (1 bill):

1) H.Res.___ Honoring the 53,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and civilians that comprise the Nation’s special operations forces community

Subject to a Rule (4 bills):

1) H.R. 1361RECOVER Act

2) H.R. 1257 – Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act

3) H.R. 1495 – Water Resources Development Act of 2007

4) H.R. 363 – Sowing the Seeds Through Science and Engineering Research Act

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