Other than reactions on the floor, Congress is not expected to take up any legislation in response to the ruling. However, the House will take up something equally contentious: a resolution saying AG Holder is in contempt of Congress for failing to produce documents related to the GOP's investigation of the Fast and Furious gun-walking program.
In the middle of all this strife, the two parties are trying negotiate a long-term extension of federal highway programs, and then vote on any agreement before the end of the week. These programs expire at the end of the month, and while both sides indicated they might be closer to a deal, Republicans have talked openly about passing an extension to allow for more negotiating.
Another key deadline next week is the pending jump in the interest rate for new federally backed student loans. Barring new legislation that increase will happen on July 1.
Republicans and Democrats have been split over how to pay for the $6 billion cost of keeping the rate low for another year — Republicans have proposed terminating a healthcare fund or requiring federal workers to chip in more for retirement, while Democrats have suggested subjection more income of high-income earners to the payroll tax.
On top of all that, the House will start work on two 2013 spending bills, one for the Transportation Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the other for the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
The Senate will advance a bill extending the National Flood Insurance Program, and should also be able to pass a final version of legislation that reauthorizes the user-fee program at the FDA.
Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:
The Senate meets at 2 p.m. to take up S. 1940, the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act, a five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). At 5:30 p.m., the Senate should agree to a motion to proceed to this bill by unanimous consent.
Then, the Senate is expected to move to a vote on a motion to end debate on a motion to agree to the House-passed Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, S. 3187. The House approved the latest version of that bill this week; it reauthorizes and expands the FDA's user fee program for drugs and medical devices.
The Senate is in for the rest of the week but has no definite plans beyond Monday.
The House meets for a pro forma session only, and no votes are expected.
The House meets at noon for speeches, then at 2 p.m. for legislative work on several suspension bills, some or all of which may receive a vote that day at 6:30 p.m.
Also Tuesday, the House is expected to debate and approve a rule for two appropriations bills: the Transportation/HUD bill, H.R. 5972, and the USDA/FDA spending bill, H.R. 5973. After the suspension votes, members are expected to start debating amendments to the transportation bill.
Votes are also expected on two non-binding motions to instruct conferees to the highway bill.
The suspension bills are:
• H.R. 4850, the Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act,
• H.R. 5625, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act,
• H.R. 3173, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to reform the process for the enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewal of a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to require, in total, not more than one in-person visit to a designated enrollment center,
• H.R. 4251, the Securing Maritime Activities through Risk-based Targeting for Port Security Act,
• H.R. 5843, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to permit use of certain grant funds for training conducted in conjunction with a national laboratory or research facility,
• H.R. 4005, the GAPS Act,
• H.R. 1447, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2011,
• H.R. 5889, the Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2012,
• H.R. 4223, the Safe Doses Act, as amended,
• H.R. 4018, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvements Act of 2012, and
• H.R. 2297, to promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia (as amendment by the Senate).
In addition to these, the House will take up five suspension bills naming post offices around the country. They are H.R.s 3276, 3412, 3501, 3593, and 3772 (texts not provided).
Wednesday - Friday
Aside from continuing to work on the suspension bills, the House could at any time take up legislation implementing an agreement on student loans and highway programs.
In addition, the resolution holding AG Holder in contempt of Congress could also be considered, as well as further motions to instruct conferees on the highway bill.
The House will meet at noon or work Wednesday and Thursday, and at 9 a.m. Friday. Last votes of the week are scheduled to happen by 3 p.m. Friday.