Another highlight is the planned debate and vote on a resolution from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) that calls on the administration to remove U.S. troops from Libya.

A vote for Kucinich's resolution would send a huge signal to the White House that members are not pleased with continued operations in Libya. Kucinich and others argue that the administration needs to get congressional approval for any operation in Libya now that the first 60 days of the NATO mission have elapsed, as prescribed by the War Powers Act.

The House this week approved language preventing U.S. ground troops in Libya by a 416-5 vote, so there's a large number of House members with the potential to sympathize with Kucinich's resolution.

The House also plans to vote on a bill that would cut Department of Homeland Security funding by $1 billion in FY 2012 compared to the current fiscal year.

All of this will take place while the Senate is essentially out for the week. A few pro-forma sessions are planned in the Senate, but the upper chamber will not consider any legislation.

Absent from the House calendar is H.R. 1745, which would allow states to use federal unemployment funds for things other than direct aid to the unemployed. For example, it would have allowed states to use this money to pay back federal loans to meet unemployment rolls. Republicans were planning to take up this bill next week, but work on it has been postponed.

A more detailed look at the week ahead follows:


Memorial Day holiday, House and Senate not in session


The House returns at noon for speeches and at 2 p.m. for legislative work on five bills that will be considered under a suspension of House rules:

H.R. 1484, to improve the appeals process of the Department of Veterans' Affairs;

H.R. 802, to create a VetStar Award Program recognizing business contributions to veterans' employment;

S.Con.Res. 16, allowing the Capitol Visitor Center to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha, the first king of the Hawaiian islands;

S. 1082, to extend programs under the Small Business Act to July 31, 2011, and extending the Small Business Innovation and Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs, and;

H.R. 1194, to renew the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to approve demonstration projects that test strategies for delivering welfare benefits to children.

The Senate holds a pro-forma session at 10 a.m.


The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and at noon for legislative business, and will begin work on three bills for the rest of the week:

H.R. 1954, to raise the debt ceiling to accommodate the Obama administration's budget request (the House will reject this GOP-sponsored bill to demonstrate a lack of support for Obama's proposal);

H.Con.Res. 51, directing the administration to remove all U.S. troops from Libya, and;

H.R. 2017, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

The House is also expected to take up the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (no text available as of Friday).


The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and at noon to continue legislative work.


The House meets at 9 a.m. for legislative work. Last votes are expected by 3 p.m. The Senate meets in a pro-forma session at 10:30 a.m.