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The Week Ahead in Congress

April 3, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

We’re now just five days out until the federal government’s spending authority runs out and, if Congress does not pass a new bill, shuts down. Last week, Joe Biden said that congressional Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a topline number for keeping the government funded — $33 billion below 2010 levels — but House Speaker John Boehner [R, OH-8] has denied that any such deal has been struck. Beyond the numbers, policy riders remain a huge barrier to a deal. Conservatives are pushing hard for the final spending bill to include amendments defunding Planned Parenthood, the new health care reform law, NPR, and more. Democrats have said that those those amendments would be deal breakers.

While the budget battle is clearly going to dominate work in Congress this week, there will be other bills on the floor and moving through committees. Take a look at the House’s floor schedule for the week below:

MONDAY, APRIL 4TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

H.R. 1246 – To reduce the amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Allen West / Armed Services Committee)

TUESDAY, APRIL 5TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes for the week are expected no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, the House is not in session.

H.R. 910 – Energy Tax Prevention Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton / Energy and Commerce Committee)

H.J.Res. 37 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden / Energy and Commerce Committee)

The House is scheduled to conclude its legislative business for the week no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. Members are advised, however, that the current CR expires on Friday, April 8, and continued funding will be contingent upon Senate action.

And here’s what we know about the Senate’s schedule so far:

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge with one hour for debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley.

5:30pm roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #42, Jimmie V. Reyna, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge.

Additionally, Senators should expect 2 roll call votes in relation to H.R.4, 1099 repeal on Tuesday prior to the caucus meetings.

For a look at what’s going on in the committee world this week, see the calendar put together by Congress Matters (scroll to bottom).

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