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The Week Ahead in Congress

November 7, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

The House is on vacation again this week, but the Senate will be in session, and they actually have a pretty full schedule. They’ll kick things off with a cloture vote on a House-passed bill that would stop a rule that is scheduled to take effect requiring the government to withhold 3% of payments to federal contractors. If they achieve cloture on that, they’ll vote on an amendment to it that will be another piece of the Obama jobs bill. On Tuesday, they’ll pause everything to vote on two Republican resolutions of disapproval — one that would reverse the FCC’s net neutrality regulations and one that would eliminate EPA rules require power plants to reduce their sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

This is what the official schedule looks like right now:

  • Convenes: 2:00pm
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.674, the 3% Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act with 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Baucus and Hatch or their designees.
  • At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.674, the 3% Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act.

The net neutrality resolution is S.J.Res.6 and the EPA power plan emissions resolution is S.J.Res.27.

This week’s piece of the Obama jobs bill, which will be in the form of an amendment to H.R.674, will be focused on helping unemployed veterans find work. It would create a new tax credit for employers that hire unemployed veterans and expand an increasing tax credit for hiring veterans with service-related injuries. Unlike the other pieces of the jobs bill that have been voted on recently, this one would not be paid for by a surtax on income over $1 million. Instead it would delay fee reductions for mortgages backed by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

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