Every Monday morning when Congress is in session I post the schedules for the week ahead in the Senate and the House, and I'll do that below with one big caveat: the real action in Congress this week while be the off-the-floor, behind-the-scenes wrangling on extending the Bush tax cuts. Democrats and Republicans are closing in on a deal to extend, temporarily, the Bush tax cuts for all income levels.Read Full Article
It's August recess, but the House will be back in session for a few hours this week to vote on a bill that the Senate passed last week to help retain teaching jobs and across the country help states pay for Medicaid. The bill, known at the "Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act," is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday.
Here's the official House schedule for the week:Read Full Article
The big item on the agenda this week will be the unemployment extension bill that's been stuck in the Senate for the past month and a half. Sen. Robert Byrd's [D, WV] interim replacement, Carte Goodwin, is going to be sworn-in to the Senate on Tuesday at 2:15, and immediately afterwards, he will vote with 57 other Dems plus Republicans Snowe and Collins in favor of "cloture," which will end the filibuster and allow the bill to move forward towards final passage.
As I explained Friday, after they pass cloture, the Senate will still have to take one more vote on the bill (within 30 hours of passing cloture) before they can send it over to the House of Representatives for the final vote before it is sent to Obama for his signature. As you'll see in the schedule below, the House is already anticipating having the bill sent over to them from the Senate sometime this week. This whole thing should be wrapped up by the end of the week. In the meantime, when they're not working on the unemployment bill, both chambers will be voting on all kinds of other stuff, like small business loans, safer oil drilling technology, and helping Haitian orphans. Take a look for yourself below.Read Full Article
The Republicans' record use of the filibuster is about to keep a major Democratic priority -- an overhaul of financial regulations -- from even getting a debate.
Later this afternoon, the Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote on overcoming a Republican filibuster of beginning debate of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. All 41 senators came out publicly against the bill last week, and with no breakthrough bipartisan deal over the weekend the Democrats only have their own 59 votes, not the 60 they would need under the Senate rules to break the filibuster. According to multiple reports, today's vote is expected to fail.Read Full Article