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The Week Ahead in Congress

May 7, 2012 - by Donny Shaw

Remember the harsh budget trigger the government was supposed to face as a reprecussion of the deficit supercommittee’s epic failure? Yeah, well, Congress this week is going to start working on a way to avoid that.

Under a series of bills to be voted on in the House this week, the budget trigger would be revised to eliminate $600 billion in scheduled defense cuts over the next decade and increase cuts to social programs. According to the AP, one quarter of the new spending cuts would “come from programs directly benefiting the poor, such as Medicaid, food stamps, the Social Services Block Grant, and a child tax credit claimed by working immigrants.”

The Democratic Senate probably won’t agree to all those cuts, but canceling the scheduled defense cuts has more bipartisan support and could very well make it through.

Below is a full look at the congressional schedules for the week. House first:


First Vote Of The Week: Monday 6:30 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted: Thursday 3:00 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012
On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.  

Suspensions (7 Bills)

  1. H.R. 4097 – John F. Kennedy Center Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Rep. Mica – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  2. H.Con.Res. 117 – Concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service (Rep. Denham – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  3. H.Con.Res. 105 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha (Rep. Hanabusa – House Administration)
  4. H.Con.Res. 118 – Concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  5. Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2297 – To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Government Reform)
  6. S. 1302 – A bill to authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Tracy, California, to the City of Tracy (Sen. Boxer – Oversight and Government Reform)

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, no votes are expected in the House.  **Members are advised that the GOP Leadership has announced that votes may occur after 7:00 p.m. when the House is considering Appropriations bills, and that the House may be voting late into the evening on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Suspensions (2 Bills)

  1. H.R. 4133 – United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Cantor – Foreign Affairs)
  2. H.R. 2072 – Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act of 2011, as amended (Rep. Gary Miller (CA) – Financial Services)

H.R. 5326 – Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes (Rep. Wolf – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. __ – Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 (Rep. Ryan (WI) – Budget/Agriculture/ Energy and Commerce/Financial Services/Judiciary/Oversight and Government Reform/ Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 4966 – Sequester Replacement Act of 2012 (Rep. Ryan (WI) – Budget/Rule) (Subject to a Rule)

And here’s the Senate plan:

Senate Floor Schedule for Monday, May 7, 2012

The Senate stands in adjournment under the provisions of S.Con.Res.43, the adjournment resolution.

The Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, May 7, 2012.  Following the prayer and pledge, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2343, the Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act.

At 4:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the following items:

-          Executive Calendar #508 Jacqueline H. Nguyen, of CA, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

-          Executive Calendar #568 Kristine Gerhard Baker, of AR, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas

-          Executive Calendar #569 John Z. Lee, IL, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois

with 60 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 up to 3 roll call votes on the Nguyen, Baker and Lee nominations.  It is possible the Baker and Lee nominations will be confirmed by voice vote.

As a reminder to all Senators, on Thursday, April 26th, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.2343, the Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act.  By consent, the roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2343 will be at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 8th.

If the Senate does not receive a message from the House that it has adopted S.Con.Res.43, the Senate will convene on the following dates at the following times for pro forma sessions only, with no business conducted:

-          Monday, April 30, at 10:30am

-          Thursday, May 3, at 8:30am

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