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The Week Ahead in Congress

February 28, 2012 - by Donny Shaw

After a week of recess, Congress has come back into session with a relatively light schedule. The House has scheduled votes on a handful of non-controvesrial “suspension” bills, a bill to repeal some new Department of Education program integrity rules for colleges and universities, and a bill to pre-empt state environmental laws for a river in California. Meanwhile, the Senate may or may not resume working on the transportation authorization bill.

The real game in Congress this week will be playing out in the background as Republican and Democratic leaders try to come up with a transportation bill that can pass both chambers and become law before current program authorizations expire. Last week, House Republicans shelved their version of the bill after several members came out against its provisions to cut public-transport and school safety program funding, and to open more wildlife preserve land to oil drilling. In the Senate, the bill’s sponsors are trying to keep the 229 mostly unrelated amendments that have been introduced to the bill from blowing the whole thing up.

Below, take a look at the complete House schedule for the week:

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

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1.   H.R. 1433 – Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012 (Rep. Sensenbrenner- Judiciary)

  1.   Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 347 – Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 (Rep. Rooney – Judiciary)

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business with last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m. On Friday, the House is not in session.

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1.   H.R. 665 – Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act, as amended (Rep. Chaffetz – Oversight and Government Reform)

  1.   H.R. 3902 – To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)

H.R. 2117 – Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act (Rep. Foxx – Education and the Workforce) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 1837 – San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (Rep. Nunes – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)

H.Res. __ – Directing the Office of the Historian to compile oral histories from Members of the House of Representatives involved in the historic and annual Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, marches, as well as the civil rights movement in general, for the purposes of expanding or augmenting the historic record and for public dissemination and education (Rep. Sewell – House Administration) (Subject to an Unanimous Consent Agreement)

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

Senate Floor Schedule for February 28, 2012

The Senate will convene at 10am on Tuesday, February 28. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30pm.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. The Senate may resume consideration of S.1813, the Surface Infrastructure bill, during Tuesday’s session.

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