Thursday: House to finish energy bill, start work on intelligence bill

The bill also reduces the budget authority of various intelligence agencies by $47 million.

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On Wednesday, the House Rules Committee made nine amendments in order, which the House might begin debating today (although some or all could be considered on Friday, given that members are expected to hold final votes on the bill then).

Aside from a manager's amendment from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Rules made three other Republican amendments in order. One, from Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), would require a report to Congress on information relating to the pursuit of Anwar al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda operative. Another, from Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), would require a report recommending how the several intelligence agencies could be consolidated.

A third, from Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), would commend intelligence agencies for the operation leading to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Rules granted 30 minutes of debate time for this amendment, while all others will get 10 minutes.

Amendments from Democrats, which are less likely to be accepted, would ask the intelligence community to work with black colleges to develop intelligence curricula (John Barrow, D-Ga.), include rail transportation in transportation security plans for intelligence agencies (John Carney, D-Del.), require a report on human-rights violations in Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s (Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.), and require a report on minority presence in the intelligence agencies (Maxine Waters, D-Calif.).

The Senate on Thursday is slated to consider the nomination of Michael Urbanski to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Virginia.