The House meets in the afternoon to pass legislation aimed at aiding Ukraine, more than a month after Russian troops seized government buildings in Crimea, and nearly two weeks after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.
The House will pass two bills on Ukraine today.
The House and Senate bills were not identical, and when Congress decided to go with the Senate bill, that left out language on pro-democracy broadcasting in the House bill.
To remedy that, the both chambers agreed to pass a separate bill on broadcasting, S. 2183. The Senate passed that bill last week, and the House will approve it today.
Each of these are suspension bills, which means they'll need a two-thirds majority for passage, a hurdle they will both clear easily.
Several other suspension bills are also up in the House today, including one aimed at refocusing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's efforts on weather prediction.
The Weather Forecasting Improvement Act, H.R. 2413, was originally a Republican bill aimed at ending climate change research. But it was made more acceptable to Democrats in committee, by ensuring funds for climate change research were not stripped.
Other suspension bills up today are:
— H.R. 4005, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, authorizing appropriations for the Coast Guard in 2015 and 2016.
— H.Con.Res. 92, allowing the Capitol Grounds to be used for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
— H.Con.Res. 88, allowing the Capitol Grounds to be used for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.
— S. 1557, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes medical education programs at children's hospitals.
The Senate starts at 10 a.m., and is likely to spend the day in debate while senators wait out the clock before voting on an extension of unemployment benefits.
The Senate took a procedural step toward final passage of the bill, H.R. 3979, but that vote may come Wednesday unless there's a bipartisan agreement to move more quickly.