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Bills on the Floor this Week

April 18, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Nearly two years after the collapse of Wall Street, Congress is finally ready to work on fixing the regulatory flaws and systemic issues that caused it. Senate Democrats are expected to start debating their financial reform bill, called the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, later this week. The bill would create a process for the government to seize and break up failing financial firms, create a new consumer protection agency specifically for financial products, reform the derivatives market, and more.

As of right now, every single Republican has committed to filibustering a motion to bring the bill to the floor. That means that the Democrats will have to either agree to an open amendment process or change the bill in order to get the 60 votes that will be needed to even begin debate. We’ll be watching the negotiation closely on this blog. For now, here’s what else is happening in Congress this week.

This week’s House schedule:

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

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 (6 Bills)

  1. H.R. 4178 - Deposit Restricted Qualified Tuition Programs Act (Rep. Cleaver – Financial Services)
  2. H.Res. 1257 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Financial Literacy Month, 2010 (Rep. Hinojosa – Financial Services)
  3. H.R. 3553 – Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act (Rep. Kirkpatrick – Financial Services)
  4. H.Res. __Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks (Reps. Conyers/Cohen – Judiciary)
  5. H.Res. 1104 – Supporting the mission and goals of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States (Rep. Costa – Judiciary)
  6. H.Res. 1116 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week (Rep. Lee (CA) – Energy and Commerce)


On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (10 Bills)

  1. S. 1963 - Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act (Sen. Akaka – Veterans’ Affairs)
  2. H.Res. 855 – Expressing support for designation of May 1 as “Silver Star Service Banner Day” (Rep. Blunt – Oversight and Government Reform)
  3. H.Res. 1262 – Expressing condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of the fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington (Rep. Larsen – Oversight and Government Reform)
  4. H.Con.Res. 255 – Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and honoring the founder of Earth Day, the late Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin (Rep. Obey – Oversight and Government Reform)
  5. H.Res. 1182 – Congratulating Radford University on the 100th anniversary of the university (Rep. Boucher – Education and Labor)
  6. H.Res. 1239 – Commending the University of Connecticut Huskies for their historic win in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament (Rep. Courtney – Education and Labor)
  7. H.R. 1585FIT Kids Act (Rep. Kind – Education and Labor)
  8. H.Res. 1263 – Expressing support for Mathematics Awareness Month (Rep. McMorris Rodgers – Education and Labor)
  9. H.Res. __Recognizing the continued importance of volunteerism and national service and commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the landmark service legislation, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (Rep. George Miller – Education and Labor)
  10. H.Res. 1216 – Congratulating Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin on his tenth year of service as Chaplain of the House of Representatives (Rep. Lipinski – House Administration)

Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 2194 - Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (Rep. Berman – Foreign Affairs) Motion to Instruct Conferees.

H.R. 157 – District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (Rep. Norton – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.

* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.

* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

And here’s the Senate schedule:

Convenes: 2:00pm

Morning Business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to debate the nomination of Lael Brainard to be Under Secretary of the Treasury. At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Brainard nomination.

As a reminder, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

  • Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury;
  • Marisa J. Demeo, of the district of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia;
  • Christopher H. Schroeder, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Attorney General;
  • Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; and
  • Denny Chin, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.


5:30pm cloture vote on the nomination of Lael Brainard to be Under Secretary of the Treasury.

Image from DCTWINKIE5500 used under a CC license.

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