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The Week Ahead in Congress

November 28, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

While the House continues their “fall jobs agenda,” which consists of passing anti-regulations bills that the Senate will never touch, the Senate is moving bipartisan legislation to give the military new powers to detain terrorism suspects indefinitely, without charge or trial. The detention legislation is contained in the “must-pass” 2012 Department of Defense Authorization bill, which Majority Leader Harry Reid [D, NV] is hoping to finish this week so he can move on to other things that have to get done before the end of the year. Sen. Mark Udall [D, CO] will be submitting an amendment to strike the detention language from the DoD bill, and the vote on that amendment will consume much of the focus on Congress this week.

Below is the full House schedule for the week:


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

On Monday, the House is not in session.

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

Suspensions (4 Bills)

  1. H.R. 1801 – Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act (Rep. Cravaack – Homeland Security)
  2. H.R. 2465 – Federal Workers Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act (Rep. Kline – Education and the Workforce)
  3. H.R. 3012 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (Rep. Chaffetz – Judiciary)
  4. H.R. 2192 – National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act of 2011 (Rep. Cohen – Judiciary)

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

Suspension (1 Bill)

  1. H.Res. 364 – Designating room HVC 215 of the Capitol Visitor Center as the “Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room” (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Transportation and Infrastructure)

H.R. 3094 – Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (Rep. Kline – Education and Workforce)

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Rep. Bishop (NY) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Boswell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Walz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jackson-Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

On Thursday, the House will meet at 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. 3463 – To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission (Rep. Harper – House Administration/Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 527 – Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (TX) -Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3010 – Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)

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

Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, November 28, 2011 (and pro formas)

The Senate will convene at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted and at 10:30am on Friday, November 25, 2011 for a pro forma session, with no business conducted.

The Senate will convene at 1:00pm on Monday, November 28, 2011.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1867, the Department of Defense Authorization Act.

At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #270, the nomination of Christopher Droney, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit with 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on confirmation of the Droney nomination.

Additional roll call votes in relation to amendments to the DoD Authorization act are possible Monday evening.

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