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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 121-148 of 148 total comments.

  • seanurse 07/19/2010 11:20am


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    trynghard63 07/19/2010 11:47am

    Im in Alabama and was told as well that I will have to wait to get a form in the mail to fill out and mail back. I was just about to go into Tier 1.

  • trynghard63 07/19/2010 11:50am

    Also. I believe it is time to clean house! Anyone who is holding an office has made sure our pockets are emplty while thiers are over flowing. Remember this and vote in November. Why should we continue to vote for people who dont have our best intrest. They could have stoped this, we could have had help by now. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

  • Kerlynne 07/19/2010 12:12pm

    Hi fellow unemployed!! Is there an end in sight? What is it? Donny Shaw says it should all be done by the end of the week? We still need to keep calling and writing, keep the pressure on and our voices heard!! NEITHER OF THESE BILLS HAVE THE $25 A WEEK STIMULUS MONEY IN THEM so let them know we need it back!!


  • bgjeff23b 07/19/2010 12:31pm

    im in kentucky. i havent had a voucher to fill out since June 20th. I have been told we wont get one until the extension is passed and then we will have to get caught back up. does anyone know if this is rite?

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/19/2010 5:36pm

    Same method as in California. Once the extensions are passed the claim forms are sent out.

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    poorboy760 07/20/2010 6:10am

    not true.Im a 26er and my vouchers still come, working on my 3rd one.I got the letter with the extension(after june 2nd) info on and that i was approved for it(but they wouldnt be sending checks in tell it passes).last check was on the 15th.How long have you been on it?

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    OnlyinAmerica 07/20/2010 9:39am

    Yes it is true. 268,000 unemployed Californians are on a extension waiting list. Our respective tier extension ran out in June. We received notice that we would receive claim forms if the bill is passed. No approval for the next tier was granted; ergo, no claim forms. If you received approval you are in a different boat. California ran out of money for the extensions and has to borrow money from the federal government; this can only happen if the bill is passed.

  • Christine58 07/19/2010 12:49pm

    Oh boy, I see that everyone is as stressed as I am about this whole deal. As it stands now, my family has NO income. I am slightly scared to death.
    Question: Did Obama’s speach today hurt or help our situation? Will they listen? I saw he even had people with him that were unemployed. I wish I could of been there. All day the unemployment extension has been in the news. I was thinking if the Pepublican senators block this again, wont they look like heartless ogres to everyone? God help us all at this time.

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    Kerlynne 07/19/2010 12:56pm

    yes CHRISTINE58>> amen. It is a crap shoot. Stand alone bill… combined bill that has been shot down 3 times, Reid pulling his “I am in control” game, I don’t get it?? Why didn’t they just leave it alone and give us the benefit of the doubt??

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:18pm

    I’d be happy to explain it but in an effort to keep this post short I suggest you go to Youtube and do a search for the documentary The Obama Deception, although I think it would be better titled the Democrat Republican Deception or the Obama Bush Deception anyway this documentary should shed some light on the explanation of why congress Democrats and Republicans alike have done what they have done. And no I do not work for or have any financial interest in this documentary nor do I have any financial interest in the producers of this documentary it is just that it offers a good explanation of what happens when you let foreign banksters run the money of your country. It is worth viewing.

  • Christine58 07/19/2010 12:52pm

    Sorry… REPUBLICANS…sorry for the typo. Too upset to type straight!

  • dbruneau5973 07/19/2010 12:56pm

    I know I am only one voice, but I represent many of the unemployed when asking the following question: Why is HR 4213 being taken back up for vote and not HR 5618? It is my understanding that in regard to the unemployment section of this bill, HR 4213 and HR 5618 are now the same bill. They both extend benefits until November 30th and both end the $25.00 additional payment. If that’s the case, why not just push thru HR5618 and avoid having to send it back to the House of Representatives for reconciliation and so on and so forth before it goes to the President for signature? Wouldn’t this make more sense? I understand that HR 4213 also includes FMAP and Local/State funding that the Democrats would like to get passed, but if the Unemployment situation was understood to be a true and URGENT EMERGENCY, wouldn’t my suggestion be the proper approach?

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    artledoux 07/19/2010 6:04pm

    Reid is trying to get the best bill passed. I know we are all desperate right
    now. This has gone on far too long. We need to look at the big picture.
    If FMAP is passed it will help 300,000 people keep their jobs, and think how
    it will help the States and Local government if this is passed. How many jobs
    could that save? I think if they try to separate the two they won’t get the
    other passed and then they will just add that many more to the unemployed.
    Art LeDoux

  • rufusjuice 07/19/2010 1:45pm

    All I know is that when George W. Bush took office, we had a huge surplus and when he left we were in debt up to our eyeballs and involved in wars we had no business being in. There is plenty of blame to go around with the unemployment extension, but I have not heard a single democrat call us lazy, unwilling to work. I consider myself an independant, but there is no way after this that I could cast a vote for any republican.

  • shirlallen4 07/19/2010 1:52pm
    keep the blogs going with prayers, and uplifting one another with positive words, and let’s see who wins. Folks, we got it mixed up. Congress will leave us in a heartbeat. But God said, " He will never leave me, nor forsake me". We need to pull ourselves together, and lift one another , and our families up in prayer.

    God bless..

  • Christine58 07/19/2010 1:53pm

    Ive just written Senators Chambliss and Isakson …again. I asked them to think of the children of the unemployed. I doubt if it will work…Im just hoping they arent really heartless ogres.

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:22pm

    I am sure they are “heartless orges”. They went out of vacation three times since all of this started and voted themselves raises this year!!! That in and of itself would have financed a great deal of this unemployment extension but they are all too self centered to worry about our crashed economy and unemployed!

  • indimom2010 07/19/2010 2:33pm

    Ok now I know this is probally a really silly question. I did receive a job last week…I worked 18 hours last week . This week will be close to 40 hrs probally 38 or 39 hrs this week. Will I be able to file to get my retro pay for the weeks I lost? Please don’t get me wrong I am very thankful after 16 months to finally have a job….just curious for the lost weeks .

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    Kerlynne 07/19/2010 3:15pm

    indimom2010>> you will file the hours you worked. However since you didn’t work for those weeks that you didn’t get paid you will file for those like you didn’t have a job and will get those retroactively up to when you got your job. Here in WA. you can file for unemployment if you are on it even if are working as long as it is less then 40hrs and meets the matrix of unemployment to paid work hours.

    Did that help?

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    comments5647 07/19/2010 5:24pm

    You should be able to. Contact your unemployment office and don’t feel guilty asking you were unemployed by no fault of your own or you wouldn’t have gotten unemployment to begin with. Quit feeling guilty and call them.

  • indimom2010 07/19/2010 3:32pm

    Thank You Kerlynne. I know on Indiana it just ask how much you earned for the week it does not ask for hours. I really am grateful I finally found a job. But the retro sure would help for what I have lost. Thank You so much

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  • starfishncoffee 07/19/2010 6:38pm

    I have to say that my heart breaks everytime I see a post blaming one party or the other. If you are in the mindset of blaming by party, then you are duped, distracted and truly need to step back and see the big picture through someone else’s glasses. You are being played like a violin.

    This is NOT a party thing! This IS a disgusting, blatant display of the REAL people that have been elected to supposedly SERVE the public. They ALL play political chess ALL the time. It’s a power hungry machine that has gotten too big for itself because of the common citizen’s complacency and ignorance.

    How many of you will be checking in daily to see what Congress is up to AFTER this whole thing is settled and you have your checks coming in again?! You don’t have to post your answer…just think and answer honestly to yourself. Every day that goes by and they are not being watched closely, they are like unminded children. Out of control and up to no good, doing things they KNOW are NOT right.

  • starfishncoffee 07/19/2010 6:59pm

    And it’s not just in Congress! It starts at your local level. That’s where they start! If they can’t get it right on the small scale, what makes you think they can do ANY better in a higher position??!! Yet they keep getting voted back in because people are too damned lazy to check into what they’ve been up to. Sad and sickening.

    So here we are today. Now Obama is suddenly speaking up…may I remind you that the presidency is the coveted title all these politicians hope to get??!! As if you should believe the president because he said so…UGH! Break out your chess board and think.

    I hope through all of this, people have opened their eyes to what their government has turned into. This isn’t a party thing NOR a recent thing. It does exist though and it will continue to fester as long as the sheep (US citizens) keep following blindly. Just keep following that little club of power driven, manipulative, deceitful monsters straight to the ugly end. May God have mercy on us all.

  • poorboy760 07/19/2010 7:49pm

    all i know is Cspan will have more viewers then the MLB all star

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    BigCat 07/20/2010 9:22am

    true poorboy, sadly the unemployed have nothing better to do than bird dog this vote, while the rest of America works to pay for us :-(

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    BigCat 07/20/2010 9:25am

    although I doubt the Senate will start the vote until the Obama press conference is over. Can’t steal TV time from the Annointed One.

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