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The Week Ahead in Congress

April 11, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

With a deal in place on funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year, the House and Senate now have to go through the motions of actually putting the appropriations legislation into effect. As of Monday morning, the House Appropriations Committee is still drafting the legislative language of the deal, and they’re not expected to unveil an actual bill until late Monday night. As you’ll see below, the bill is scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, which suggests that once again the House leadership is going to exploit the weak language of their “read the bill” rule and make the bill available for public review for far less than 72 hours, the minimum standard of public availability before votes they themselves promoted on the campaign trail. Of course, we’ll be doing everything we can to get the bill text online for commenting and sharing as soon as it’s released. With all of the controversial policy riders that have been involved in the closed-door negotiations with the bill, folks with interests in just about any major political issue are going to have something to look for in the text.

The funding bill isn’t the only item up for debate this week. Check out the full House schedule below, and click on the bill numbers to learn more about them and get involved.


First Vote Of The Week: Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted: Friday 3:00 p.m.

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
On Monday, the House will meet at 11:00 p.m. in pro forma session.

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

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1. H.R. 1308 – To amend the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act to extend the termination date for the Commission, and for other purposes (Rep. Gallegly – Oversight and Government Reform)
  2. S. 307 – To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 217 West King Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia, as the “W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse” (Sen. Rockefeller – Transportation and Infrastructure)

On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business with last votes no later than 3:00 p.m.

H.R. 1217 – To repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Rep. Pitts – Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. __ – Making Further Continuing Appropriations for the Department Of Defense and Other Agencies (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.Con.Res. __ – Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021 (Rep. Ryan (WI) – Budget) (Subject to a Rule)

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

Convenes: 10:00am

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11am, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.

At 11:00am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider calendar #45, the nomination of Vincent Briccetti, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and calendar #46, the nomination of John Kronstadt, of California, to be US District Judge for the Central District of California, with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.

At 12:00pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on confirmation of the Kronstadt nomination.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm for the weekly caucus meetings.

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