Easy Monday: Senate to vote on Fifth Circuit judge

The Senate meets at 3 p.m. for speeches, and at 4:30 p.m. will take up the nomination of Stephen Higginson to be a U.S. judge for the Fifth Circuit. A vote on Higginson is planned for 5:30 p.m.

The House meets only for a brief pro forma session on Monday, and returns Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Senate returns to take up the amended H.R. 2112, the "minibus" appropriations bill for 2012, and the House will take up three suspension bills, including one reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto.