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The Week Ahead in Congress

July 18, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

The big item on the agenda this week will be the unemployment extension bill that’s been stuck in the Senate for the past month and a half. Sen. Robert Byrd’s [D, WV] interim replacement, Carte Goodwin, is going to be sworn-in to the Senate on Tuesday at 2:15, and immediately afterwards, he will vote with 57 other Democrats plus Republicans Snowe and Collins in favor of “cloture,” which will end the filibuster and allow the bill to move forward towards final passage.

As I explained Friday, after they pass cloture, the Senate will still have to take one more vote on the bill (within 30 hours of passing cloture) before they can send it over to the House of Representatives for the final vote before it is sent to Obama for his signature. As you’ll see in the schedule below, the House is already anticipating having the bill sent over to them from the Senate sometime this week. This whole thing should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In the meantime, when they’re not working on the unemployment bill, both chambers will be voting on all kinds of other stuff, like small business loans, safer oil drilling technology, and helping Haitian orphans. Take a look for yourself below.

First, the House schedule:

MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

On Monday, 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 6:00 p.m.

Suspensions (5 Bills)

  1. H.Res. 1472 - Expressing support for designation of the week of September 13, 2010, as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (Rep. Polis – Education and Labor)
  2. H.Con.Res. 126 – Recognizing the 50th anniversary of Title VI international education programs within the Department of Education (Rep. Watson – Education and Labor)
  3. H.Res. 1219 – Expressing support for designation of September as National Child Awareness Month (Rep. Calvert – Education and Labor)
  4. H.Res. 1491 – Congratulating the University of South Carolina Gamecocks on winning the 2010 NCAA Division I College World Series (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Education and Labor)
  5. H.R. 1855SECTORS Act (Rep. Loebsack – Education and Labor)


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. 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 (24 Bills)

  1. H.R. 5266 - National Commission on Children and Disasters Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Brown (FL) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  2. H.R. 5545 – To deauthorize a portion of the project for navigation, Potomac River, Washington Channel, District of Columbia, under the jurisdiction of the Corps of Engineers (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  3. H.Res. 1463 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Railroad Retirement Day (Rep. Perriello – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  4. H.R. 5604 – Surface Transportation Savings Act of 2010 (Rep. Perriello – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  5. H.R. 5301 – To extend the period during which the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and States are prohibited from requiring a permit under section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for certain discharges that are incidental to normal operation of vessels (Rep. LoBiondo – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  6. H.R. 4842 – Homeland Security Science and Technology Authorization Act of 2010 (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security)
  7. H.Res. 1516 – Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, honoring the service members who fought in World War II and their families, and honoring the service members who are currently serving in combat operations (Rep. Skelton – Armed Services)
  8. H.Res. 1411 – Honoring the service and commitment of the 111th Fighter Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (Rep. Schwartz – Armed Services)
  9. H.Res. 1483 – Recognizing the exemplary service and sacrifice of the soldiers of the 14th Armored Division of the United States Army, known as the Liberators, during World War II (Rep. Gingrey – Armed Services)
  10. H.R. 5341 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Orndorf Drive in Brighton, Michigan, as the “Joyce Rogers Post Office Building” (Rep. Dingell – Oversight and Government Reform)
  11. H.Res. 1513 – Congratulating the Saratoga Race Course as it celebrates its 142nd season (Rep. Murphy (NY) – Oversight and Government Reform)
  12. H.R. 4684 – National September 11 Memorial & Museum Commemorative Medal Act (Rep. Nadler – Financial Services)
  13. H.R. 5283 – Help HAITI Act of 2010 (Rep. Fortenberry – Judiciary)
  14. H.R. 5532 – International Adoption Harmonization Act of 2010 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary)
  15. H.Res. 1470 – Honoring the life, achievements, and distinguished career of Chief Justice William S. Richardson (Rep. Djou – Judiciary)
  16. H.R. 5566 – Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010 (Rep. Gallegly – Judiciary)
  17. S. 1749 – Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 (Sen. Feinstein – Judiciary)
  18. H.R. 1469 – Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009 (Rep. Schiff – Judiciary)
  19. Senate Amendments to H.R. 725 – Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act (Rep. Pastor – Natural Resources)
  20. S. 1053 – To amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date (Sen. Murkowski – Natural Resources)
  21. H.R. 5716 – Safer Oil and Natural Gas Drilling Technology Research and Development Act (Rep. Gordon – Science and Technology)
  22. H.R. 2693 – Federal Oil Spill Research Program Act (Rep. Woolsey – Science and Technology)
  23. H.Con.Res. 292 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Aerospace Week (Rep. Ehlers – Science and Technology)
  24. H.R. 4380 - U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means)

H.R. 1264 – Multiple Peril Insurance Act (Rep. Taylor – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule)

Further Action on H.R. 4213 – Restoration of Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act (Rep. Levin – Ways and Means) (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 what’s on the Senate calendar so far for the week:

Monday, July 19 — Convenes: 2:00pm

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 3:00pm, the Senate will resume consideration of HR5297, the Small Business Jobs bill. There will be no roll call votes during Monday’s session of the Senate.


There will be no roll call votes on Monday, July 19.

Tuesday, July 20


2:30pm roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture with respect to H.R.4213, which extends Unemployment benefits through November.

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Displaying 1-30 of 148 total comments.

  • rayinman 07/18/2010 7:55pm

    When this passes… Does anyone know how the house is preparing to vote with the amendments that were added to the bill? is this something that can be stalled in the house? and will the states start check distribution once the senate has approved it or will they sit and wait for the president to sign the bill? I have been sweet talking my apt manager telling her that money will come by the end of the week… if i don’t have anything for her i am sure she will be forced to evict me. not to mention that every last piece of food i have will be gone by Friday. God I cant believe our gov’t would allow this to happen to its own…

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    dlharris1189 07/18/2010 8:38pm

    Our goverment really doesn’t give a crap about us considering that they knew how fast the rate was gonna increase for people with out benefits. They stood back and watched the entire middle class fall flat on their faces and refused to do anything aboout it immediately. You have to remember that these people are paid salary’s so regardless if they voted before or after June 2nd they were gonna be able to feed their families so of course they didnt give a shit. Hopefully they will have everything passed completely by the end of the week so the states should be able to disperse retro payments by next week. The states have already been ready to pay the claims, they just had to wait on word back from congress. As long as you have been filing your claims then the payments are gonna be automatic.

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    gingersnack74 07/19/2010 11:10am

    Can someone tell me what you all mean when you say (as long as each week you have filed your claim it will be automatic) I ran out of tier 2 on June 13th, after that it never gave me the option to fill out any weekly claim voucher. What does that mean for me? thanks for any help ( i am in Indiana)

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/19/2010 11:27am

    Your best bet is to check with your unemployment office. The rules and procedures are different from State to State. From reading the various blogs, it is clear to me that people don’t understand that things are different depending on which State you live in. In California you can look on the EDD website to find out what you need to know. They post how long each tier is and the filing deadlines for each tier.

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    dlharris1189 07/19/2010 2:21pm

    That is true, every state has different methods for filing claims BUT regardless of how ur state has u submit the claim, whether it is in person or via web, u still have to submit ur claims to receive payment. U can not receive retro payments unless u were filing ur claims.

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/19/2010 5:34pm

    Wrong. In California you cannot file claims unless you receive a claim form. The Unemployment Office will send out the forms to be filled out retroactively as soon as they receive word the extensions have been granted. Retro payments are then paid. This is the way it works in California. This is the way they have been doing it for years. Everyone potentially eligible for the payments is on a list. We received in writing that if the extensions are approved the claim forms will be sent out. We will receive the retro payments.

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    Samdaman 07/20/2010 1:03pm

    Regarding California, when you all are saying “claims” your meaning time cards right? Our claim is already filed and we are just stuck in limbo until this bill passes and is signed. Once the bill is signed by the president, then EDD will send out our time cards for all the past weeks, so we can then recieve our checks. Correct?

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    firestorm145 07/19/2010 12:10pm

    Yes, I have been filing for 5 weeks on line. If the bill should go through, you will get all the weeks you claimed that you did not receive anything.

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    zen_maker 07/18/2010 11:25pm

    Its the republicans, they don’t care about general population especially the unemployed, we are like dogs for them. They are all about budget and wars.

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    dijon 07/19/2010 9:47am

    Vote in your state Primary Elections 2010 don’t let these senators serve one more minute! Tomorrow they will pass the unemployment extension bill! Unemployed Americans remember how you felt when certain senator voted NAY remember the 3-failed attempts to pass unemployment bill over the last months!

    Procrastination what it cost you and your families! The American dream was the American nightmare! Don’t get soft now get these people out of office…. it’s your time now!


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    dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 10:57am

    I actually called the Dept of Labor after catching some of CSPAN this morning because the representative from DOL that was on said that we could call to find out when checks would be distributed in each state. I called and they couldnt tell me anything. POINTLESS.. My guess is we wont see anything for at least a week sadly

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    Chris51 07/19/2010 1:54pm

    Eight years of Bush’s wink, wink Administration. Those years made the few wealthy families, Special Interest groups, big corporate executives, GOP, and long-term politicians wealthier, while they led the USA into economic collapse. These Republican Senators have grown callus to struggling Americans, and continue to ignore them, simply trying to cast the people aside.

    Watch out, the GOP & Republicans plan on standing on their "Deficit Concern” tomorrow. They will never answer the question of why didn’t their actions show any “Deficit Concern” during Bush’s 2000-2008 years?
    What do you think they are going to protect?!
    Top Contributors to Federal Candidates and Parties
    INSURANCE: 2000-2010 Total $214,585,915
    OIL & GAS: 2000-2010 Total $155,373,800
    COMMERCIAL BANKS: 2000-2010 Total $150,549,225
    PHARMACEUTICALS/HEALTH PRODUCTS: 2000-2010 Total $139,237,802

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    Chris51 07/19/2010 1:59pm

    continue… list of some of the Special Interests group contributions found on
    Top Contributors to Federal Candidates and Parties
    Insurance: 2000-2010 Total $214,585,915
    2010: $22,882,516
    2008: $46,710,766
    2006: $31,567,873
    2004: $36,197,669
    2002: $36,867,324
    2000: $40,359,767

    Oil & Gas: 2000-2010 Total $155,373,800
    2010: $13,872,160
    2008: $35,690,662
    2006: $20,372,756
    2004: $26,077,264
    2002: $25,037,766
    2000: $34,323,192

    Commercial Banks: 2000-2010 Total $150,549,225
    2010: $11,768,525
    2008: $37,569,109
    2006: $25,563,744
    2004: $30,452,030
    2002: $19,702,940
    2000: $25,492,877

    Pharmaceuticals/Health Products: 2000-2010 Total $139,237,802
    2010: $14,836,696
    2008: $29,658,995
    2006: $19,922,374
    2004: $17,952,715
    2002: $29,692,221
    2000: $27,174,801

  • Chris51 07/18/2010 7:56pm

    Great interview. Shows where the politicians stand on UI Ext., and what politicians do best… avoid the truth, twist the truth, and try to deceive Americans.

    1. Do Mitch McConnell(R-KY)& GOP understand Americans are unemployed, but not stupid. They can continue to manipulate the numbers GDP to Deficit percentage in attempt to win in November’s election.
    2. Do McConnell and GOP really think Americans can’t add, and figure how the Fed. Deficit got into the Trillions$?
    Let’s see, here is just a small list of the dollars Bush Administration/GOP started piling up in USAs Fed. Deficit: Two Oil War, Total Cost 1.6 TRILLION; Bank Bailout, $700 BILLION in October 2008 (prior to Obama Administration); Tax Breaks, Cost 1.8 TRILLION so far (most went to high incomes earners of $250,000+, and the rest of America received on average $100), Prescription Overhaul Bill…
    Americans are unemployed, but not stupid. VOTE SMART IN NOVEMBER.

  • shirlallen4 07/18/2010 9:06pm

    Ok people this week we are going to stay positive. I’ve read blogs from 1 wanting to commit suicide- to not knowing for sure which bill will be scheduled for Tuesday. Once this bill is passed I will be on tier 1. I lost my job due to it closing down, and it moving to CO. I have no doubt in my mind that things will work out.

  • shirlallen4 07/18/2010 9:07pm

    Ok people this week we are going to stay positive. I’ve read blogs from 1 wanting to commit suicide- to not knowing for sure which bill will be scheduled for Tuesday.

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    ladykiller10 07/18/2010 10:19pm

    Be positive now!

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    bettybadge 07/19/2010 11:04am

    For some reason "Positive"is not paying my rent,paying my bills or buying food for my table now……I still dont understand why AMERICANS are put on the back burner and told to wait….

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    Kerlynne 07/19/2010 11:30am

    BETTYBADGE>> yeah I agree. Why is it when americans have dire issues we come last? Why is it they have free concerts for non americans ( excluding Farm Aid)
    millions and millions are donated by other americans for other countries when our kids are hungry and we don’t have homes?? I am not getting it.

  • jeff83 07/18/2010 9:20pm

    Hey republicans, if the national deficit is to high and we are to broke to help the unemployed any longer why are we still spending like crazy to help the afghanistan people?! I USED to be a republican until I saw how heartless your party is.

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    zen_maker 07/18/2010 11:30pm

    Its the party of blamers, all they do is blame, and think they people will agree with them. Democrats are not saints either, but at least they are trying to help the unemployed, and provide sufficient healthcare for the uninsured, whats wrong with that? over the budget? STOP the wars and you will have your budget!

  • mikes1lakerfan 07/18/2010 9:27pm


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    purplelilac3084 07/19/2010 1:29am

    Did you not read that the democrats are not voting for the unemployment extension only? This is very deceitful…They are trying all over again to pass the 4213 bill with LOTS of stuff that does NOT apply to unemployment, so here we go again. And the democrats COULD of paid for it from the stimulus, but NO they just keep spending money on things that do NOT create jobs.
    So I think you truly need to use your head, it is not the democrats or republicans we vote out, it’s the person in office currently! I have 2 democrat senators, and they always vote against the people. in fact senator schumer says we don’t care about pork, well, we need to show him he is wrong!

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    artledoux 07/19/2010 2:25am

    They need to use the remaining 352 billion dollars that has not been allocated
    for job creation. If they get people back to work revenue will increase and
    pay off the measly deficit created by extending unemployment. If you want
    to be excited why not be excited about the 700 billion plus given to Banks
    and AIG. They did not bat an eye about the deficit when they gave them money.
    When it comes to helping working Americans to keep a roof and eat though
    that is different.
    Art LeDoux

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    understanding 07/19/2010 4:17am

    Remember there is no longer range unemployment package in the works or any job creation plan. If the Republicans gain control of the Congress, you can kiss the remaining stimulus money good-bye. It will be filtered into the Bush Tax Cuts and making it permanent. Or they will do what the Democrats are doing, hiding the spending in other bills.

    Watch when the Republicans do an about face on 600+ billion for the Tax cuts.

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    artledoux 07/19/2010 5:56am

    I hear you! they should get something going now before the election.
    Maybe that’s what they’ll do? We don’t know everything going on behind
    closed doors in D.C. .

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    lspellegrino 07/19/2010 4:52am

    Job creation sounds great in theory, but the problem is, they are NOT giving the jobs to those that really need it…the people that are in their 50’s and have lost their life-long jobs. Even with job training, the employers are only hiring the younger applicants. There needs to be job creation that is targeted for the older displaced worker. My husband and I are both out of work, and we can’t even get an interview. When an employer sees a resume with over 24 years at one employer, they automatically know your general age. I have been in job training and I am almost completed with it, but I am still not getting interviews. We DO NOT want handouts…we want to work!

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    artledoux 07/19/2010 6:04am

    You are right, several in my family have this problem. My wife will be
    50 soon. She lost her job over 2 years ago, they sent her to school and
    they were suppose to give unemployment till she was done. However since
    June she has not received it. I know it will be hard for her when she’s
    done with school this fall. You would think that employers would want
    people with experience that they can count on to show up to work and
    put in a full day. I am in a union and though I am not working now when
    I do work they have a 50 and over clause that states they can’t be
    below 1 in 5 ratio. So for every 5, 1 must be over 50 if available.
    I think it should be a national requirement on large companies.
    Art LeDoux

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    block4 07/19/2010 9:32am

    I’m 22. I still have yet to get a call back for an interview anywhere. They aren’t hiring anyone. My 68 year old grandmother has gotten a job before me.

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    mikes1lakerfan 07/19/2010 5:38am
    That’s true but how many bills for UI Extension have you heard of or seen the Republican Party submit or suggest before congress since the last UI bill has expired??? One right before the 4th of July break and it was a Bull sh-t. It only extended UI benefits for two months. Like I said IF THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF ITS UNEMPLOYED THEN THERE IS NO EXCUSE WHY THIS COUNTRY SHOULD BE FIGHTING A FOREIGN WAR. Go to CNN and check out the interview with Mitch McConnell by Candy Crowley and what excuses he gives & how he dances around answering the question about adding the deficit!! Copy and paste this link. look under politics and look for the video titled McConnell wants to pivot on debt!!!

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