The House will vote Friday morning on a bill to streamline and consolidate several federal job-skills development programs.
Republicans see the bill as part of an effort to highlight their party's interest in improving the economy and creating jobs at a time when their main focus is on spending cuts. House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule MORE (R-Va.) has led the charge on the bill.
Members approved the rule for this bill, H.R. 803, on Thursday. The rule allows an hour of debate and then consideration of five amendments, plus a manager's amendment.
Once the House is done, it's done for the week, and will prepare to pass the House GOP budget resolution for 2014 next week.
The Senate is also hoping to pass its budget resolution next week. But it will need to finish work on a continuing resolution for the rest of 2013.
Senate Democrats were hoping to finish the spending bill for this year on Thursday. But late in the day, Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) said there were still too many amendments to sift through, and that they would take up the bill again next week.
The Senate is out today, and returns Monday.