Next week may end up being all about what doesn't get done, instead of what does get done.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was adamant on Thursday that the House would not stay in session past Dec. 13 to finish work on a range of unfinished issues.
The House starts at 9 a.m. and will immediately begin work on the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309.
The House meets in the afternoon to consider legislation that would ease Dodd-Frank financial rules in an attempt to free up investment capital in small companies.
The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches, and then in the afternoon to consider up to 10 suspension bills.
House Republicans have added an extra day of work to the schedule before they leave for the year, a change that was made in anticipation that next week — the last scheduled week of work in December — will be a busy one.
The House will consider three suspension bills when it returns this afternoon, including one extending a law that requires guns and gun parts to include enough metal to be detected by metal detectors.
The House returns to Washington for a week of light work without the Senate, which GOP leaders will use to advance up to two bills they say will help U.S. job creation.
The House passed an adjournment resolution Friday without any objections from Democrats.
The House will return on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
The Senate voted 51-42 Thursday to adjourn.
If the House passes S.Con.Res. 28 on Friday, the Senate will stand adjourned until Dec. 9.