A closer look at next week ...

The bill is just the latest GOP attempt to force Democrats to explain their plans for reducing the $1 trillion annual budget deficit.

"With this measure, we are giving the president a chance to kick his habit of submitting budgets that spend, tax, and borrow too much," Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week. "That approach clearly isn't working."

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In the Senate, Democrats will focus on passing a reauthorization of VAWA, which stalled last year over differences between the House and Senate versions. Democrats, including Obama, said they preferred the Senate version because it gave tribal authorities jurisdiction over non-Indians in domestic violence cases.

The Senate bill also prohibits discrimination against LGBT victims in grant programs to help victims, and would let illegal immigrants stay in the country to receive help if they are victims of domestic violence or rape.

Late last year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said he was close to working out these differences between the House and Senate versions with Vice President Biden. Biden increasingly seems to be the go-between for the the House and Senate on a range of issues when they get stuck.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:

Monday

The Senate meets at 2 p.m. and will continue work on legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to this bill, S. 47.

The Senate is out Tuesday and Wednesday for a Democratic retreat, and returns Thursday to resume work on VAWA reauthorization.

The House also meets at 2 p.m. to take up three health-related bills that were approved in the last Congress. All three are suspension bills, which means they will need a two-thirds majority for passage:

H.R. 297, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act,

H.R. 235, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act, and

H.R. 225, the National Pediatric Research Network Act.

Roll-call votes on these bills, if necessary, are expected at 6:30 p.m. More details on the bills are here.

Tuesday-Wednesday


The House meets both days to work on the Require a PLAN Act, H.R. 444. The bill requires Obama to estimate when the budget will balance again if his 2014 budget does not balance the budget in any year for which it makes an estimate.

Last votes on this bill are expected by noon Wednesday.

The Senate is out Tuesday and Wednesday to allow for a Democratic retreat.

Thursday-Friday


The Senate returns and is likely to continue work on its VAWA reauthorization bill.

No votes are expected in the House Thursday or Friday.