Monday: House to allow DC penthouses, Senate nominations

The House will vote on a measure Monday that would expand the availability of penthouses in Washington, D.C.

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H.R. 4192, a bill that would amend a building code law that hasn't been changed since 1910, is one of nine bills the House will consider under suspension of the rules Monday — making final passage nearly certain. Here is a list and description of the other eight bills that will be considered during today’s session.

Currently, federal law restricts the height of buildings in the District and says no one can live in structures built on D.C. rooftops, but now lawmakers agree that allowing people to live in penthouses above the roofline would not dramatically alter the city's architectural character. The goal is to keep housing costs down in the District by providing more upward space for buildings.

The Senate will start at 2 p.m. and hold up four votes at 5:30 p.m. to confirm three of President Obama’s nominees.

The Senate is expected to confirm Michelle Friedland to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, David Weil to be administrator of the Department of Labor’s wage and hour division and Katherine O'Regan to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Cloture will have to be invoked on Weil’s nomination, but since Democrats unilaterally changed the Senate filibuster rules to allow some nominees to advance with only 51 votes, confirmation is expected.