A closer look at next week…

In addition to the spending and farm bills, the House will also take up a bill to ease environmental regulations on coal production, as well as several suspension bills. The House will also take up a bill to provide visas for foreign nationals who earn advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

The Senate will try to move ahead on a veterans jobs bill, after having failed to get as far as it wanted this week due to GOP opposition.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:


The Senate meets at 2 p.m. for a pro forma session only, and the House is out.


The House meets at noon for a pro forma session, and the Senate is out.


The Senate meets at 10 a.m. to pick up work on the Veterans Jobs Corps Act, S. 3457. At noon, the Senate will vote to waive the budget points of order that Republicans have raised against the substitute amendment from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Republicans argue that the bill allows spending at the Veterans Administration beyond what was agreed in last year's Budget Control Act.

After breaking for the caucus lunches (which usually happen on Tuesday), the Senate will vote on a motion to end debate on a motion to proceed to the six-month spending resolution that the House approved on Thursday, H.J.Res. 117.

The Senate is in for the rest of the week and is expected to pass the continuing resolution, but its specific plans will depend on the Wednesday votes.

The House meets at noon, and later in the afternoon will start work on up to 27 suspension bills, which votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

The suspension bills are:

H.R. 6060, the Endangered Fish Recovery Programs Extension Act,

H.R. 5987, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act,

H.R. 1461, the Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act,

H.R. 3319, to allow the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to determine the requirements for membership in that tribe,

H.R. 6324, the Cutting Federal Unnecessary and Expensive Leasing Act,

H.R. 4158, to confirm full ownership rights for certain United States astronauts to artifacts from the astronauts' space missions,

H.R. 6375, to authorize certain Department of Veterans Affairs major medical facility projects and leases, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain authorities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes,

H.R. 5948, the Veterans Fiduciary Reform Act,

H.R. 3099, the Buffett Rule Act,

H.R. 5044, the Andrew P. Carpenter Tax Act,

H.R. 2827, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to clarify provisions relating to the regulation of municipal advisors,

H.R. 6361, the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act,

H.R. __, to provide flexibility with respect to U.S. support for assistance provided by international financial institutions for Burma,

H.R. 2903, the FEMA Reauthorization Act,

H.R. 3110, the Grape Region Accelerated Production and Efficiency Act,

H.R. 6368, the Border Security Information Improvement Act,

H.R. 5912, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the use of public funds for political party conventions, and to provide for the return of previously distributed funds for deficit reduction,

H.R. 6296, the Disaster Loan Fairness Act,

H.R. 5910, the Global Investment in American Jobs Act,

H.R. 4212, the Contaminated Drywall Safety Act,

H.R. 4124, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act,

H.R. 6163, the National Pediatric Research Network Act,

H.R. 6118, the Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act,

H.R. 733, the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act,

H.R. 3783, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act,

H.Res. 526, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect toward the establishment of a democratic and prosperous Republic of Georgia and the establishment of a peaceful and just resolution to the conflict with Georgia's internationally recognized borders, and

H.Res. __, Honoring the four United States public servants who died in Libya and condemning the attacks on United States diplomatic facilities in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen.


The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches, then at work to begin work on three bills:

H.R. __, the STEM Jobs Act,

H.J.Res. 118, which would disapprove of a rule from the Department of Health and Human Service relating to waiver and expenditure authority related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and

H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act.


The House meets at 9 a.m. to complete work on any of the bills still remaining from the week.

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