Thursday: Healthcare, DHS spending bill in the House

The House will start with the rule for that bill, which allows no amendments. Once the rule is debated and approved, members will debate the bill itself for 90 minutes, and the House should pass the bill at some point in the day.

ADVERTISEMENT
The House will also continue work on the DHS spending bill. Several amendments were disposed of on Wednesday, but more are expected, and roll call votes are planned for 10-11 p.m.

The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m., and after an hour of debate will hold a procedural vote on the farm bill, S. 3240. Specifically, senators will vote on a motion to end debate on the motion to proceed to the bill.

Assuming the needed 60 votes are there, the vote will launch several weeks of work on the bill. On Wednesday, signs were already emerging that the issue in the Senate will be — as it often is — which amendments, and how many, Democratic leaders should allow to come up for a vote.