Wednesday: Pay freeze, strip clubs, committee budgets

All three bills are being brought up under a suspension of House rules, which will require a two-thirds majority vote for passage. By setting this higher threshold, Republicans appear to be daring Democrats to reject what the GOP sees as reasonable ways to reduce federal spending.

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Republicans are also hoping that House passage increases the pressure on Congress to include these provisions in a pending House-Senate agreement on how to extend the payroll tax holiday for another year. That agreement is also expected to extend unemployment insurance, and maintain physician reimbursement for treatment under Medicare.

On a related point, members are also expected to consider a Democratic motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 3630, the payroll tax cut holiday bill.

Elsewhere, the House today will continue consideration of H.R. 1173, which would repeal the CLASS Act from the 2010 healthcare law. The CLASS Act established a long-term health program that the Obama administration later found to be financially untenable, and Republicans argue that the program should be completely repealed, rather than just put on hold.

Democrats are expected to continue opposing this bill today, and to propose amendments that would mitigate the GOP plan to repeal the program outright.

The Senate convenes at 9:30 a.m., and will continue work on the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, S. 2038. The Senate hit a snag Tuesday night when senators were insisting that their amendments to that bill be considered, a request that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said was unworkable if every senator with an amendment was going to demand a vote.