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The Week Ahead in Congress

June 6, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The House is out of session for the week, as the Senate returns to D.C. from their week off. Because the Senate does a horrible job of making their legislative intentions known in advance, for the most part we can only guess what they’ll be up to. First here’s what we know for sure:

[Monday, June 6] Convenes: 2pm

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in period of morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #118, the nomination of Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States with one hour for debate equally divided in the usual form.

Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Verrilli nomination.

And that’s all the Senate has announced for the week so far on the official calendar. Stay tuned for updates.

The New York Times reported recently that Sen. Jon Tester [D, MT] may be given a vote this week on his amendment to delay the new swipe fee rules as mandated by last year’s financial reform bill. The new rules would limit how much banks can charge retailers for consumer debit transactions. Tester says he’s concerned that the rules would cut into banks’ profits, particularly the small banks and credit unions in his state.

Beyond that, it’s possible that we’ll see some kind of action on Libya. As you may recall, the House last week passed a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to hand over a stack of documents relating to their decision to get the U.S. military involved in the conflict. The resolution does not require the consent of the Senate, but the Senate still may want to pile on the growing discontent over the Libya mission with their own symbolic vote.

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