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The House will convene at 10 a.m. for an abbreviated but busy day. Legislative business starts at noon. Votes are expected by 3:30 p.m. on three items:

H.Res. 49, a resolution allowing recipients of the Medal of Honor or their families to request and receive Capitol-flown flags. Under suspension of the rules.

H.R. 366, a temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act, under a suspension of the rules.

H.Res. 38, a budget resolution setting discretionary, non-security spending at 2008 levels or less. Under a closed rule that allows for one hour of debate, and gives Democrats a chance to offer a motion to recommit the bill.

Similar to yesterday, House Democrats are urging a "no" vote against the budget resolution. This morning's report from Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called H.Res. 38 the "budget-less" resolution, and said it does not define "non-security" spending.

"This vague text ignores GOP promises for greater transparency by hiding the actual amount of spending in the legislation," the report said. "It also allows one member [House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)] to set spending levels for the rest of the fiscal year, without a vote in the full House. Members are urged to vote no on the Republican 'Budget-less' Resolution."

The House will finish its work by 5 p.m. at the latest to allow for a security sweep before this evening's State of the Union address by President Obama.

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