Tuesday: Nominations, naming post offices

The House and Senate will spend Tuesday on the critical work of naming post offices, while the Senate will finish work on some of President Obama's judicial nominations.

The Senate starts at 10 a.m. and at 11 a.m. it will vote to confirm three judicial nominees — Salvador Mendoza to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, Staci Yandle to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, and Darrin Gayles to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.

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After those confirmations the Senate will vote on whether to end debate on the nomination of Peter Kadzik to be an assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice. 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) vowed to block his nomination because of the "administration’s contempt for congressional oversight." But Democrats are still expected to have the simple majority needed to advance the nominee.

From 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. the Senate will recess to allow senators to attend the weekly caucus luncheons.

The House will vote on a series of bills under suspension of the rules:

- 14 bills to name post offices, Department of Veterans Affairs facilities and a U.S. Forest Service facility.

- H.R. 3998, to authorize the General Services Administrator to convey land in Albuquerque, N.M., to the Amy Biehl High School Foundation.

- H.R. 3786, to authorize the General Services Administrator to convey federal property in Alaska to the municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

- S. Con. Res. 37, to authorize the use of the Capitol Rotunda for a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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