Thursday: ObamaCare reactions and tort reform

The House returns at 10 a.m. for speeches — expect Republicans to talk about the low ObamaCare enrollment numbers the administration announced on Wednesday.

In the afternoon, members will consider the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, H.R. 2655, which would require judges to impose monetary fines against lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits. The bill would also eliminate the current 21 day grace period, during which legal actions can be withdrawn without penalty.

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Republicans say the bill is needed to protect companies from being nickeled and dimed by unserious legal challenges, which also cost job creation. Democrats are likely to dismiss the bill a waste of time, and call on Republicans to take up the Senate's immigration bill or other legislation they favor.

The House passed the rule for this bill on Wednesday, which means it just needs an hour of debate before passing it.

Members may also consider a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to the Water Resources Development Act, H.R. 3080.

The Senate starts at 9:30 a.m., and aside from more ObamaCare reactions, senators will immediately approve the motion to proceed to H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act.

Senate progress on this bill has been slow so far. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has been demanding that the Senate consider an amendment that would force members of Congress to reveal which of their staff will have to buy health insurance under ObamaCare.

But Democrats have refused, and on Wednesday, they blocked his request to allow a vote, even one that would require 60 votes for passage.

The underlying bill is aimed at improving the ability to trace the source of drugs across the country, a response to an outbreak of meningitis in 2012 that was ultimately traced to a New England compounding center.