A closer look at next week…

While the GOP has demanded transparency from the administration on the sequester, the vote is also a way for Republicans to nudge the administration toward an agreement to restructure the cuts. Republicans have been looking for a way to dodge Defense reductions, which they say would gut U.S. military capabilities too far.

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Back in May, the House passed a bill that would avoid these cuts and make deeper cuts to other programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

Speaking of defense spending, the House is also expected to approve legislation funding DOD for 2013. The bill up next week would increase the Defense Department's base budget by about $1 billion, to $519.2 billion. But it would also cut war funding in Afghanistan and Iraq by $27 billion, reflecting the gradual drawdown in forces.

House passage of this bill is expected next Friday.

In the Senate, Democrats hope to make progress on a new version of their DISCLOSE Act, which would require companies, unions and other groups to report aggregate campaign expenditures once they hit $10,000.

The bill significantly increases the amount of spending needed before it is reported, from just $600 in a bill Democrats supported two years ago.

Both bills are a response to the Citizens United case, in which the Supreme Court said that the government cannot limit corporate campaign spending. As the November election approaches, Democrats have been reminding voters as often as possible about this decision, which they opposed, as well as other campaign issues such as voter ID laws in some states.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:

Monday

The Senate meets at 2 p.m. for debate on S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act. Senate Democrats scheduled an early evening vote to end debate on that bill, which should take place at around 6 p.m.

Just before that vote, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Kevin McNulty to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

The Senate is in for the rest of the week, but its plans will depend on the Monday vote, and possibly on what amendments to the DISCLOSE Act might be considered.

The House is not in session.

Tuesday


The House meets at noon for speeches, then later in the afternoon for work on up to five suspension bills. Roll call votes on all or some will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The suspension bills are:

S. 2039, to allow a State or local government to construct levees on certain properties otherwise designated as open space lands.

S. 1959, the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act, as amended.

H.R. 6018, to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal year 2013, and for other purposes.

S. 2165, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act.

S. 2009, the Insular Areas Act.

Wednesday-Thursday

The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and noon for legislative work on both days, and is expected to spend them both on H.R. 5856, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

The House will also consider H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act, under a suspension of the rules.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) warned that members should be prepared for very late nights Wednesday and Thursday, as the House considers amendments to the bill.

Friday


The House meets at 9 a.m., and is expected to finish work on the DOD spending bill.