Thursday: Balanced budget, continuing resolution in the House

Members will start by debating the rule for this bill, which allows for one hour of debate.

The House will then turn to H.J.Res. 2, the balanced-budget amendment. House Republicans are bringing it up under a suspension of the rules, a logical choice given that suspension bills require a two-thirds majority vote, as do amendments to the Constitution.

Members will debate the rule for the amendment allowing for a suspension vote and five hours of debate, and are expected to approve the rule in the mid-afternoon, along with the rule for the spending bill.

The Senate meets at 10 a.m., and by 11 a.m. will start work on the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2012, S. 1867. This bill was introduced Tuesday, and the decision to work on it is the Senate's "plan B," after it failed to find the consensus needed to advance a minibus spending bill on Energy and Water, Finance and General Government and State/Foreign Operations.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he wants to finish the DOD authorization bill before leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday, and has warned that the Senate might work this weekend to meet that goal.