— Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneInspector general investigating FCC leaks Air traffic control plan faces tough fight ahead GOP blasts Obama for slow economic growth MORE (R-S.D.), granting permanent resident status to illegal residents only after 350 miles of border fencing are constructed.
— Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.), granting citizenship rights to internationally adopted children,
— Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterOur nation's drug problem is also a postal service problem Elizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth Senators subpoena EPA officials over mine waste spill MORE (D-Mont.), expanding the new Border Oversight Task Force to include tribal members, and to make border security recommendations relating to Native American tribes on the border.
Each of these are subject to a 60-vote threshold, essentially making them impossible to pass as long as Republicans and Democrats are split, as they have been on issues such as Thune's proposal for tougher border measures.
The House meets in the afternoon to consider a rule governing debate on the farm bill, as well as full consideration of a controversial abortion bill.
The rule provides for an hour of debate time for H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the farm bill. But amendments to that bill will be handled by a separate rule that the Rules Committee will pass today.
The "debate rule" for the farm bill also covers H.R. 1797, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This is the bill that would impose a nationwide ban on abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy.
On the abortion bill, the rule provides for consideration of no amendments.
At some point in the day, the House will also consider up to three suspension bills:
— H.R. 1896, the International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act, implementing a treaty on issues relating to cross-border child support cases.
— H.R. 475, including influenza vaccines on the list of taxable vaccines.
— H.R. 1151 — directing the Secretary of State to develop a plan for ensuring that Taiwan has observer status at the Civil Aviation Organization.