Wednesday: ObamaCare in the House, nominations in the Senate

The House starts legislative work in the afternoon on the latest Republican bill to tweak ObamaCare.

The bill up today is H.R. 4118, the Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals (SIMPLE) Fairness Act. It would eliminate all penalties under the law in 2014 for failing to buy a health insurance plan — effectively nullifying the so-called individual mandate for this year.

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Republicans quickly developed the bill last week, and say it's needed to ensure people are treated as fairly as companies under the healthcare law. The Obama administration has delayed the requirement that employers offer health plans to workers until 2015 or 2016, depending on the size of the company.

But most Democrats will disagree, and House passage Wednesday will send the bill to a Senate that has become a sort of death panel for all of the House bills on the health law.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration said it would veto the bill making it even more clear that it will go no where.

Members will also start work on one of the major energy bills up this week: H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act. This bill looks to pare back the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon emission rules for coal-fired power plants.

The House will start work on this bill today, but finish it Thursday.

Finally, the House will vote on two bills debated on Tuesday:

— H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, and

— H.R. 938, the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act.

The Senate returns hold a series of votes on Executive Branch nominations, after having delayed these votes due to Monday's storm.

At 11:45 a.m., the Senate will vote to end debate on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be assistant Attorney General. Because of the "nuclear option," only a simple majority will be needed to advance this nomination, despite Republican complaints that he is unfit to serve because of his past defense of a man who killed a Philadelphia police officer.

Assuming the Senate votes to end debate on this nomination, senators will vote to confirm him.

After that, the Senate will begin work on a similar series of votes on the nominations of Pedro Hernandez to be a district judge for Puerto Rico, Pamela Reeves to be a judge in Tennessee, Tim Brooks to be a judge in Arkansas, Vince Chhabria to be a judge in California, and Rose Gottemoeller to be undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

After these votes are finished, the Senate will hold a vote to end debate on S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, although that vote could take place sometime after Wednesday.