Tuesday: House tackles coal mining regulations

The House meets in the afternoon to work on legislation aimed at stopping the Obama administration from re-writing coal mining regulations in a way that Republicans say will threaten energy development.

Members will consider H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America.

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The bill was supposed to be considered earlier in the month, but was delayed when snowstorms slowed down the congressional schedule. It's being called up again on another snow day — but Washington is only supposed to get flurries on Tuesday, not enough to close the government (although we're not a hardy bunch here, so you never know).

The rule for the bill has already been approved, which means the House only has to debate it, consider two amendments, and then vote. The coal bill is the only major item on the House agenda today, which means the House should finish legislative work in the mid-afternoon.

The Senate starts at 10 a.m., and is expected to continue working on a Ukraine aid bill. On Monday, senators voted 78-17 to advance a bill that provides loan guarantees, funds for democracy building, and sanctions against anyone undermining Ukraine's independence.