A closer look at next week …

In the midst of the budget effort, work on other bills is still expected in both chambers. Here's a look at how the week should proceed:

Monday

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. and is expected to consider the nominations for district judgeships of Anthony Battaglia of California, Sue Myerscough of Illinois and James Shadid of Illinois. The House is not in session.

Tuesday

The House meets at 2 p.m., and votes are expected on two non-controversial public health bills, H.R. 525 and H.R. 570. Votes are expected by 6:30 p.m.

The Senate may hold its test budget votes.

Wednesday

The House and Senate meet in a joint session at 11 a.m. to receive Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Later in the day, the House will take up two rules for bills, H.R. 830 and H.R. 836, that would terminate federal mortgage programs.

The Senate is in session and could take up amendments to its patent reform bill for the rest of the week.

Thursday and Friday

The House meets at 10 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday to complete consideration of H.R. 830 and H.R. 836.