The bill funding the federal government for the rest of FY 2011 is expected to maintain GOP-supported language that prevents federal funds from being used to fund abortions in Washington DC. But it is also expected to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
This exclusion is almost certain to draw continued opposition from House Republicans like Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Steve King (Iowa). But the strong Saturday morning vote for the one-week spending deal and the promise of full funding for U.S. military operations seems to have calmed much of the opposition among conservative Republicans (only 28 Republicans voted against the stopgap measure).
The promise of another vote to limit the government’s involvement in healthcare may also be helping to calm the right-most wing of the GOP. The House on Wednesday plans to take up legislation that would terminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a program established under last year’s healthcare law that has so far has been allocated $1.25 billion.
Below is a closer look at the week ahead:
The House meets at 11 p.m. for a pro forma session, and the Senate is not in session.
The House meets at 2 p.m. to take up two bills under suspension of House rules. The first is H.R. 1308, which would extend the termination date of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. The second is S. 307, which would name a courthouse in West Virginia. Votes on these bills are expected at 6:30 p.m.
The Senate returns at 10 a.m. and is expected to vote on the nomination of district judgeships of Vincent Briccetti (New York) and John Kronstadt (California).
The House meets at noon to approve the as-yet unwritten spending bill for the rest of FY 2011. THe House also plans to pass H.R. 1217, which would repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The House Rules Committee is scheduled to approve a rule for this bill on Tuesday night.
The Senate is in session and may continue work on its small business reauthorization bill, S. 493.
The House meets at noon to begin consideration of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget resolution for FY 2012.
The Senate is in session and is expected to take up the House-passed FY 2011 spending bill.
The House meets at 9 a.m. to conclude work on the FY 2012 budget resolution. The Senate is also in.