A closer look at next week...

Next week will also see the return of a few old battles that won't go away. The House is expected to vote on a resolution disapproving of a scheduled $500 billion increase in the debt ceiling. The increase is expected under the summer debt ceiling agreement, but that deal gave Congress the right to oppose it through a resolution.

The Senate has already turned away a Republican resolution of disapproval on the increase, but the House version has the potential to pass. Some Republicans could consider voting for it in part because they know it won't move in the upper chamber.

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Also, Congress once again will take up a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill. Democrats have called on House Republicans to present a clean FAA extension bill, but on Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) left it unclear what they would pursue.

Airport taxes and other revenue raisers that help fund the FAA expire September 16, which means some extension is expected by then.

In the Senate, look for movement on a bill providing $6 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a Democrat response to FEMA's inability to fund disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irene and the Virginia-centered earthquake. Senate passage of that bill would challenge the House, which has already approved a bill providing $4.2 billion less for FEMA.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:

Monday

The House meets at noon for speeches and at 2 p.m. to consider three suspension bills. They are H.R. 2076, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act, H.R. 2633, the Appeal Time Clarification Act, and H.R. 1059, to protect the safety of judges by redacting sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports. Votes are at 6:30 p.m.

The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m. is expected to take up H.J.Res. 66, which would extend import restrictions under the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act for one year. A cloture vote is expected at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday

The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and noon for legislative work, and is expected to complete work on H.R. 2218, the Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act. Two more amendment votes are needed before final passage of this bill.

The Senate is in session for the rest of the week, and is expected at some point to take up a Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would boost funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to $6 billion.

Wednesday

The House meets 10 a.m. for speeches and noon for legislative work. Work is expected on several bills (and some of it could begin on Tuesday). These bills include:

H.R. 2867, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reform and Reauthorization Act.

H.J.Res. 77, a resolution disapproving of the pending $500 billion increase in the debt ceiling

H.R. 2587, the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act.

Legislation extending FAA funding (no text as of Friday).

Thursday

The House meets at 9 a.m. for legislative work on all or some of the bills listed above. Last votes for the week are expected by 3 p.m.

Friday

The House is not in session.

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