A closer look at next week…

For Republicans, the bill is seen as a winner for three reasons. First, it's a way to take a shot at ObamaCare by gutting the preventive health fund. The GOP has called this program a "slush fund" since its inception.

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It would also provide funding for health insurance for vulnerable people, and another $1 billion from the slush fund would go toward reducing the budget deficit.

But the bill is splitting conservatives somewhat. The Club for Growth is calling on the House to reject the bill, and arguing that the GOP should not be working to prop up any part of ObamaCare.

After failing to make any progress on gun control legislation this week, the Senate is hoping to have more luck on a bill allowing states to collect taxes for online sales.

The Senate appears to have a real chance of passing the Marketplace Fairness Act; senators voted 75-24 in favor of a nonbinding version of the concept in March when considering the budget.

The bill is welcomed by states that have seen dwindling tax revenues in recent years, as well as brick-and-mortar retailers looking for tax equity with online sales companies. But this week, a Democrat from a state with no sales tax said the bill would hurt his state and others like it.

The Senate could also start debating the Gang of Eight immigration proposal next week. While the Senate is taking its time on this bill, immigration reform continues to draw criticism and questions, particularly from Republicans who want greater assurances on border enforcement before illegal immigrants are given residency or citizenship status.

As a start, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet Monday to debate the bipartisan proposal.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:


Monday

The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. will vote on a motion to end debate on the motion to proceed to the Marketplace Fairness Act, S. 743. This bill would give states the authority to tax sales made online.

The House is out.

Tuesday

The House meets at noon for speeches, and then in the afternoon to work on two suspension bills. They are:

H.R. 1067, updating U.S. law regarding patriotic and national observances and ceremonies.

H.R. 1068, updating U.S. law relating to practices within the National Park System.

The Senate is in for the rest of the week, and is expected to continue work on the Marketplace Fairness Act. However, the Senate has no firm schedule beyond Monday.

Wednesday

The House meets at noon to consider the Helping Sick Americans Now Act, H.R. 1549. This bill would take money from a preventive health fund in ObamaCare and move it to a pre-existing conditions health insurance program.

The House Rules Committee is expected to approve a rule for the bill Tuesday, which will allow floor work on Wednesday.

The House will also consider two more suspension bills:

H.R. 360, to posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to four girls killed in the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Ala.; and

H.R. 1071, to specify the size of metal blanks to be used in the production of National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins.

Thursday

The House will start work at noon on H.R. 527, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. This bill is aimed at fixing what many see is a broken helium market and an inadequate helium industry, which the bill's supporters say was caused by below-market government sales of helium over the last several years.

Friday

The House meets at 9 a.m. to finish any unfinished work from the week; the last votes are expected no later than 3 p.m.