Tuesday: Congress returns to deal with drugs, veterans, and the Sixth Amendment

Congress returns this afternoon to work on several non-controversial bills, although Republican members are likely to spice it up with remarks about the ongoing problems with the ObamaCare website.

The Senate starts at 2 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m. it will consider the nomination of Nina Pillard to be a judge for the D.C. Court of Appeals. At 5:30 p.m., senators will vote on a motion to end debate on the this nomination.

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Senators will also vote to limit debate on a motion to proceed to H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. That's the bill the Senate is expected to stay on for much of the week.

The House also starts at 2 p.m., and it will consider up to six suspension bills:

— S. 252, the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act, reauthorizing grants to help reduce pre-term labor and delivery risks, and other pregnancy-related risks,

— S. 330, the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, allowing a study on organ transplants between HIV patients,

— S. 893, the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, boosting the rate of increase for various veterans disability payments,

— H.R. 2922, allowing the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials away from the grounds of the Supreme Court,

— H.Res. 196, supporting the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, which deals with the right to legal counsel, and

— H.R. 2871, reorganizing the southern judicial district of Mississippi from five to four districts.