Their language would grant immediate provisional residency status to millions of illegal residents, which some Republicans will oppose despite the extra border funds.
A few personnel issues will develop around the Senate, including one involving Senate membership — next week will decide who will replace Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryAn all-female ticket? Not in 2016 GOP senator calls for China to crack down on illegal opioid Obamas to live in home of former Clinton press secretary: report MORE in the Senate. Rep. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyHonor Frank Lautenberg by protecting our kids Sanders pans chemical safety reform deal Feds fault pipeline company in California oil spill MORE (D-Mass.) is well ahead in most polls, and is expected to defeat Gabriel Gomez in the Massachusetts special election on Tuesday.
In addition, senators will vote on the nomination of Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony FoxxAnthony FoxxUber to spend M to meet demand during Metro maintenance Virginia gov threatens to withhold DC Metro funding Transportation chief creates special adviser for Metro safety MORE as Secretary of Transportation, and businesswoman Penny PritzkerPenny PritzkerOvernight Cybersecurity: Obama signs trade secrets bill Overnight Finance: Trump now open to raising minimum wage Pritzker urges passage of trade deals to boost US exports MORE as Secretary of Commerce.
The Senate may also try to find a way forward on a bill to avoid a doubling of student loan interest rates. The House has passed a bill that Republicans say is close to a plan President Obama supports.
The Senate has not passed anything yet, which is putting pressure on the upper chamber to get something done before the rates double on July 1. In the meantime, House GOP leaders have said they are negotiating directly with the Obama administration, and may announce some deal without any help from the Senate.
But the House is not without its own problems. The chamber failed to pass a farm bill that Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerHouse GOP faces dilemma on spending bills Overnight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return MORE (R-Ohio) voted for, leaving it unclear how the House will handle farm policy and prompting questions about whether the GOP will be able to get its own members in line to approve the bill.
Some of the sting from that vote will likely be felt when the House plans to approve a bill funding the Department of Agriculture for 2014, which could come up in the near future.
In the meantime, members of the House will consider two bills aimed at increasing offshore oil production. Republicans have said President Obama has not been aggressive enough in making offshore lease sales, and are looking to expand energy exploration off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:
The Senate starts at noon, and at 5:30 p.m. will hold a vote to end debate on an amendment from Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyOvernight Cybersecurity: Guccifer plea deal raises questions in Clinton probe Senate panel delays email privacy vote amid concerns Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise MORE (D-Vt.) that includes the Corker-Hoeven proposals and other changes to S. 744.
The Senate then hopes to get into a position to vote on that substitute amendment during the week, and then pass the bill by Friday at the latest, just before leaving for the July 4 week.
The House meets only for a pro-forma session at 11 a.m., but no votes are expected.
The House starts at noon, and will consider up to four suspension bills. Any needed roll call votes on these bills will be held at 6:30 p.m. (we never provide links to bills that name buildings and infrastructure):
— H.R. 2383, designating a bridge connecting St. Louis and Illinois as the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge
— H.R. 1092, naming an air traffic control center in Nashua, New Hampshire as the Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center.
— H.R. 2289, renaming a section of the Internal Revenue Code as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA
The Senate is in, and will continue work on this day and throughout the week on the immigration bill. Some work on a student loan bill is also possible in the Senate, although there were no firm signs of this as of late Friday.
The House meets at noon on both days, and during this time will consider two energy bills and the 2014 agriculture spending bill. The energy bills are:
— H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, which would require the administration to expand offshore lease sales on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
— H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act, which would approve energy production along the U.S.-Mexico maritime border.
The House will also consider another suspension bill at some during during these two days:
— H.R. 1864,
requiring an Inspector General investigation of allegations of
retaliatory personnel actions taken in response to communications on
The House meets at 9 a.m. to hold any debate and voting that remains from the week.