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The Week Ahead in Congress

October 31, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The House of Representatives this week actually has some bipartisan economics legislation on the calendar. The two bills that the House will end their week with with approved by the Financial Services Committee last week by voice votes. They’re designed to make it easier for small businesses to raise funding, though it’s not clear that they will be particularly effective. And there’s no indication yet that the Senate will bring the bills up for follow-up votes.

The full House schedule for the week is below:

On Monday, the House will meet at 1:00 p.m. in Pro Forma session.

On Tuesday, 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.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 1002 – Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (Sponsored Rep. Zoe Lofgren / Judiciary Committee)

2) H.Con.Res 13 – Reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions (Sponsored Rep. Randy Forbes / Judiciary Committee)

3) S. 1280 - Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 (Sponsored by Sen. Johnny Isakson / Foreign Affairs Committee)

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2061 - Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011, as amended (Sponsored Rep. Richard Hanna / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

2) H.R.1070 – Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011 (Sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 1965
– To amend the securities laws to establish certain thresholds for shareholder registration, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. James Himes / Financial Services

4) S. 894
- The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011 (Sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, 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.

H.R. 2940 – Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 2930 – Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Patrick McHenry / Financial Services Committee)

Possible Motion to go to Conference and Motions to Instruct Conferees

Here’s what we know so far about the Senate’s plan for the week:

  • Convenes: 3pm
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #249, Stephen A. Higginson, of LA, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit with one hour equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees.
  • The first roll call vote of the week will be at approximately 5:30pm today on confirmation of the Higginson nomination.
  • On Tuesday, November 1, 2011, when the Senate resumes consideration of H.R.2112, the Agriculture, CJS and Transportation/HUD Appropriations bill (at approximately 11:10am), there will be up to 7 roll call votes in relation to the following:

    • Coburn #800 (rural development agency);
    • Paul #821 (eliminate small community air service development funding) (60-vote threshold);
    • DeMint #763 (epinephrine);
    • Crapo #814 (Dodd-Frank WSR – derivatives) (60-vote threshold);
    • Lee Motion to Recommit (FY11 levels);
    • Coburn amendment #801 (Small Community Air Service Development Program);
    • Passage of H.R.2112, as amended.
  • Senators should be aware the Senate will recess at 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings and the series of votes listed above will be interrupted to accommodate the caucus meetings.  The Senate will resume voting on the items above, which are not completed prior to 12:15pm, at a time to be determined Tuesday afternoon.
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