The Senate starts at 10 a.m. and will have to quickly decide whether to work on a three-month extension of emergency unemployment benefits or a yearlong extension.
Late Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) announced a procedural vote on the three-month bill would be delayed while senators discuss the possibility of a yearlong bill.
Ongoing negotiations could alter the Senate schedule, but if no deal is in sight, Senate Democrats could decide to hold a vote on adopting a motion to proceed to the three-month bill. That bill, S. 1845, was offered by Sens. Jack ReedJack ReedSunday shows preview: McMaster hits circuit for second straight week The Hill's 12:30 Report Easy accessibility of voter registration data imperils American safety MORE (D-R.I.) and Dean HellerDean HellerOvernight Energy: Trump orders review of national monuments, claiming ‘egregious abuse’ Draft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Ex-Nevada state treasurer may challenge Heller in 2018 MORE (R-Nev.).
The House also starts at 10 a.m., and in the afternoon, it will start work on legislation that would curb the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act, H.R. 2279, combines three bills into one. In its latest form, it would ease rules requiring EPA review of solid waste regulations, prohibit the EPA from imposing duplicative solid waste rules on states and require federal facilities to comply with state-level environmental rules.
On Wednesday, the Obama administration threatened to veto the bill if approved by the House and Senate.
The House will start by debating and voting on a rule for the EPA bill. Then, it will debate the bill, consider two amendments and pass it.
The same rule that covers the EPA bill also covers two ObamaCare bills that will come up on Friday. Those bills would require weekly updates on the implementation of the healthcare law and require officials to tell people, if their personal health data has been compromised.