Tuesday: Defense spending in the House, plus NSA, Syria, Egypt

House GOP leaders had fought to keep those issues away from the spending bill in order to keep the bill from becoming controversial. But now, the provisions will be the last four issues voted on this week.

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The House should be able to approve the rule by early Tuesday afternoon. After that, members will move to general debate on the bill, and then start considering amendments.

While GOP leaders were ultimately unable to stop consideration of these three issues, the rule still limits amendments, something not normally done on appropriations bills. In this case, the House Rules Committee made 100 amendments in order, a full listing of which can be seen here.

The Senate meets at 10 a.m. and will start work on S. 1243, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. At noon, senators will vote to end debate on the motion to proceed to the bill, and if cloture is invoked, senators will likely voice vote a motion to proceed to the bill.

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