Wednesday: Assessing the budget deal

A day after House and Senate negotiators reached a budget agreement, House GOP leaders are already planning on passing it in the House this week.

The House Rules Committee will meet at 2 p.m. to write a rule for the deal. The deal will take the form of an amendment to H.J.Res. 59, which is the short-term budget deal Congress approved earlier this year. (Here is a helpful summary of the agreement.)

Approval of a rule today means the House can consider it as early as Thursday.

Under the deal, $63 billion of the sequester spending cuts would be eliminated, and would be replaced with a mix of fraud prevention efforts and increased fees, including fees on people who fly and customs fees. Those changes will likely lead to opposition from Republicans who want to see more cuts instead of more revenues — those complaints will be heard at today's 9 a.m. meeting, at which Republicans will discuss the deal.

But the deal seems likely to pass with the help of Democrats, who also aren't totally happy with the agreement, but see i as a way to slow the sequester cuts. President Obama said Tuesday that he supports the attempt to repeal the sequester, and called it a "balanced" deal.

In the meantime, members will consider up to five suspension bills on Wednesday:

— H.R. 2319, the Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act,

— S. 1471, the Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act,

— H.R. 3212, the Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act,

— H.R. 1992, the Israel QME Enhancement Act, and

— H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act.

The Senate starts at 2 p.m., and will continue working on nominations. On Tuesday, the Senate moved ahead with the nomination of Nina Pillard to be a District of Columbia Circuit Court judge.

Pillard was advanced through the Democratic change to Senate rules that allow Obama administration nominees to move with only a simple majority, instead of a 60-vote threshold.

If all the time is taken for debate, the final vote on Pillard could come at 1 a.m. Thursday morning. That possibility is partly why the Senate will start at 2 p.m. today.