Thursday: Unemployment in the Senate, EPA bill in the House

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 Reid (D-Nev.) announced a procedural vote on the three-month bill would be delayed while senators discuss the possibility of a yearlong bill.

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Reid said he opposes paying for an extension but said if a pay-for is necessary, Democrats would insist on a longer extension.

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 Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (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.

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