If Friday was any signal, it should go a lot easier than the sequester talks went. President Obama and congressional leaders in both parties left their Friday meeting in seeming agreement that the last thing the country needs now is a government shutdown.

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Still, one point of contention could surface, related to how the House deals with the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs. House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity MORE (R-Va.) said the GOP would pass a bill that gives those departments more deference in how to spend their money for the rest of the fiscal year, partly to let them start new programs.

That's a privilege other departments won't get. Democrats this week were already arguing that this appears to be a way to make it easier for DOD to handle the spending sequester, which took effect today.

That could be a sign that the Democratic Senate might seek to change the bill, although the Senate reaction won't be known until later in the month.

The Senate has a very light week of floor work, and might only deal with a few judicial nominations and possibly the nomination of John Brennan to be the next CIA director.

On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote on a resolution outlining Senate committee budgets for the rest of the year.

Off the floor, however, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a markup of legislation from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems call for action against Cassidy-Graham ObamaCare repeal Feinstein pushes back on Trump’s N. Korea policy Feinstein on reelection bid: ‘We will see’ MORE (D-Calif.) that would reinstate the assault weapons ban. That markup is likely to lead to floor consideration later in the month.

In the House, a subcommittee will hold a hearing that aims to reorient the conversation to the link between gun violence and mental illness. Several Republicans have argued that the focus of Democrats is only on guns, but not mental illness.

One Republican, Rep. Frank WolfFrank WolfTrump, global religious freedom needs US ambassador to lead Bottom Line 10 most expensive House races MORE (R-Va.), has called for tighter rules on violent TV shows, movies and video games in response to last year's shootings, and said it is too easy for Democrats to only focus on gun makers.

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference starts on Sunday, and as usual it will feature remarks from key members of the House and Senate.

Cantor and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will speak at the event, as will Vice President Biden, Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeLawmakers push regulators on how Amazon's Whole Foods deal could affect 'food deserts' Dems announce 'unity commission' members If Democrats want to take back the White House start now MORE (D-Ohio) and Sens. John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts MORE (R-Texas), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) and Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' MORE (D-N.J.).

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:

Monday

The House meets at noon, and will start legislative work at 2 p.m. The only bill up that day is the Senate-amended H.R. 307, which would reauthorize several federal programs aimed at ensuring the U.S. is prepared for biological, chemical or other disasters or attacks.

This is a suspension bill that will require a two-thirds majority vote, but it should pass easily as the House has already approved a similar version earlier this year.

The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. is expected to vote on two judicial nominations: Pamela Chen to be a district judge for the Eastern District of New York, and Katherine Failla to be a district judge for the Southern District of New York.

Tuesday

The House starts work at noon, and will take up two suspension bills:

H.R. 668, which would require the president's budget submissions to Congress to estimate the amount of the deficit per taxpayer, and

H.R. 338, which would apply tobacco smuggling rules to the U.S. territories.

The Senate is expected to vote on a resolution, S.Res. 64, which authorizes committee expenditures for the rest of fiscal year 2013.

The Senate is in for the rest of the week, but has no firm plans after Tuesday. The Senate could, however, use one day to consider the Brennan nomination.

Wednesday-Thursday


The House starts at noon Wednesday on the continuing resolution for the rest of 2013. As of Friday, the resolution did not exist, but Republicans had named it the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act.

Friday


The House is not in session.