Tuesday: House, Senate to vote on debt ceiling disapproval

Both the House and Senate will hold votes Tuesday on Republican resolutions that disapprove of President Obama's decision to suspend the debt ceiling until February.

Under the bill passed to end the government shutdown, Congress gave Obama the authority to suspend the debt ceiling, which he did on Oct. 17.

But that bill also gave Congress a chance to disapprove of that decision. Specifically, Congress can overturn Obama's debt ceiling decision if it passes a joint resolution of disapproval within 22 days.

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The bill gives these resolutions privileged status in the House and Senate, and today, each chamber will consider GOP disapproval language.

In the House, that resolution is H.J.Res. 99. GOP leaders will call it up, and it may well pass. In early 2012 under a similar process, the House passed a resolution disapproving of Obama's decision to raise the debt ceiling by a 239-176 vote.

But a successful House vote won't mean much if the Senate doesn't pass its own version. Tuesday afternoon, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed to the Senate resolution, S.J.Res. 26.

That language, from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is identical to the House resolution — it must be, under the debt ceiling bill.

That motion should fail due to Democratic opposition, which will end any chance that the Senate approves the resolution.

The Senate starts at 10 a.m., and may debate the debt ceiling disapproval resolution until senators break for lunch. A vote on the motion to proceed to the resolution is slated for 2:15 p.m.

After that vote, the Senate is expected vote on a motion to end debate on the nomination of Richard Griffin to be general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Also in the House today, members will consider the Retail Investor Protection Act, H.R. 2374. The bill would prevent the Department of Labor from regulating certain financial advisers under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law until the Securities and Exchange Commission does.

Finally, members will consider four land use bills under a suspension of the rules today. They are:

— H.R. 2640, the Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act,

— H.R. 623, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act,

— H.R. 330, the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial Act, and

— H.R. 2337, the Lake Hill Administrative Site Affordable Housing Act.