While the rank-and-file wait for a deal, they have plenty of regular work to do. The Senate will take up a bill providing more than $50 billion in new disaster funding to deal with the consequences of Hurricane Sandy.
House and Senate conferees have been meeting on the National Defense Authorization Act, and could be in a position to agree on a final bill and pass it this week.
After Friday's shooting in a Connecticut school that left more than two dozen dead, most of them children, members of the House and Senate are likely to renew their calls for gun control legislation. Several members said Friday that a new discussion is needed on this issue in the wake of the shooting — members might also hold a moment of silence and introduce resolutions marking the tragedy.
Other issues that could arise include the need to extend temporary tariff suspension on thousands of U.S. imports used by U.S. manufacturers. These suspensions expire at the end of the year, and House GOP leaders said they are looking for ways to pass a bill renewing them in the coming days.
Democrats have also pushed Republicans to agree to a farm bill reauthorization, and an extension of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead (this schedule was updated from a previous version):
The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and will start debating an amended H.R. 1, providing billions of dollars in additional funds to help with the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy.
At 5 p.m., the Senate will debate the nominations of Fernando Olguin to be a U.S. District judge for the Central District of California, and Thomas Durkin to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Votes are expected at 5:30 p.m.
The Senate is in for the rest of the week, but with no definitive plans beyond Monday.
The House meets at noon for speeches then at 2 p.m. for legislative business, which should consist of work on two suspension bills:
H.R. 4606, authorizing the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park, and
S. 3193, the Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act.
The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches then at noon for work on up to 16 suspension bills, nine of which rename post offices or other buildings. The other seven are:
H.R. 6016, the Government Employee Accountability Act,
S. 3564, the Public Interest Declassification Board Reauthorization Act,
S. 2170, the Hatch Act Modernization Act,
H.R. 6621, to correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code,
H.R. 2471, to amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet,
H.R. 6014, the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act, and
S. 3642, the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act.
The House is in for the rest of the week, and as noted above, members might be in over the weekend, depending on the press of legislative business.
One piece of business is to pass the conference report on H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act. Suspension bills that could be considered for the rest of the week are:
H.R. 6504, the Small Business Investment Company Modernization Act,
H.R. 1509, the Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act,
H.R. 1845, the Medicare IVIG Access Act,
Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3783, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act,
S. 3331, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act.
— This story was first posted at 7:22 p.m., and updated at 9:28 p.m.