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Bills on the Floor this Week

March 1, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Another big week is about to begin. But most of the action won’t be on health care, it will be on legislation designed to create jobs and extend unemployment benefits. Here’s a look at what bills are scheduled to come to the floor this week in the Senate and the House:

First, the House schedule:


On Monday, the House will not be in session.


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (10 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1097 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Engineers Week (Rep. Lipinski – Science and Technology)
  2. H.R. 3820 – Natural Hazards Risk Reduction Act of 2009 (Rep. Wu – Science and Technology)
  3. H.Res. 747 – Congratulating the United States Military Academy at West Point on being named by Forbes magazine as America’s Best College for 2009 (Rep. Hall (NY) – Armed Services)
  4. H.Res. 699 – Expressing the appreciation of Congress for the service and sacrifice of the members of the 139th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard (Rep. Graves – Armed Services)
  5. H.Res. 812 – Recognizing the significant contributions of the Military Working Dog (MWD) Program to the United States Armed Forces (Rep. Lance – Armed Services)
  6. H.Res. 1072 – Recognizing Louisiana State University for 150 years of service and excellence in higher education (Rep. Cassidy – Education and Labor)
  7. H.Res. 1117 - Commending and congratulating the California State University system on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (Rep. Lofgren – Education and Labor)
  8. H.Res. 1111 - Designating March 2, 2010, as “Read Across America Day” (Rep. Markey (CO) – Education and Labor)
  9. H.Res. 1112 – Congratulating the Pennsylvania State University IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) on its continued success in support of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital (Rep. Thompson (PA) – Education and Labor)
  10. H.Res. 362 – Expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the goals and ideals of the National School Lunch Program (Rep. Watson – Education and Labor)


On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Suspensions (6 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1096 - Encouraging individuals across the United States to participate in the 2010 Census to ensure an accurate and complete count beginning April 1, 2010, and expressing support for designation of March 2010 as Census Awareness Month (Rep. Reyes – Oversight and Government Reform)
  2. H.Res. 1079 – Congratulating the National Football League Champion New Orleans Saints for winning Super Bowl XLIV and for bringing New Orleans its first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history (Rep. Cao – Oversight and Government Reform)
  3. H.Res. 1082 – Supporting the goals and ideals of the fourth annual America Saves Week (Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson – Financial Services)
  4. H.R. 2554 – National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2009 (Rep. Scott (GA) – Financial Services)
  5. H.Con.Res. 239 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (Rep. Davis (CA) – House Administration)
  6. H.Con.Res. 236 – Permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust (Rep. Klein – House Administration)

H.R. 4247 – Keeping All Students Safe Act (Rep. George Miller – Education and Labor) (Subject to a Rule)

Further Action on Jobs Legislation

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.

* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.

* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

“Further Action on Jobs Legislation” refers to the $15 billion jobs bill (H.R.2847) that the Senate passed last week on a bipartisan 71-28 vote. The bill provides a payroll tax exemption for company’s that hire new employees and longer term tax breaks for employees that are retained for at least one year. It also includes tax write-offs for small business equipment purchases, an extension of the “Build America Bonds” program and funding for the Highway Trust Fund. The House is expected to make a few minor tweaks to the Senate version, possibly adding revenue offsets, and then pass it later this week.

And here’s what’s on the Senate’s schedule so far:

Monday, March 1

Convenes: 2:00pm Morning Business until 3pm with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.
At 3:00pm, the Senate will begin consideration of H.R.4213, Tax Extenders.

There will be no roll call votes on Monday, March 1.
Tuesday, March 2


12:15pm Cloture vote on the nomination of Barbara Keenan to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the 4th Circuit

The Tax Extenders bill, H.R.4213, is going to be used by Senate Democrats as a vehicle for passing a long-term (through the end of the year) extension of unemployment insurance benefits and COBRA health acre subsidies for the unemployed. That is expected to cost around $100 billion and, like the smaller unemployment bill that was blocked by Sen. Jim Bunning [R, KY] last week, it will be designated “emergency spending” and, thus, will not be required to be offset under the budgeting rules the Senate adopted in order to free themselves to find new revenue for all new spending. Expect a long and contentious debate.

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