Most Democrats support a bill from Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedTop Senate Dems demand report from Trump on UK nerve agent attack Overnight Defense: Trump replaces McMaster with Bolton | .3T omnibus awaits Senate vote | Bill gives Pentagon flexibility on spending | State approves B arms sale to Saudis Overnight Energy: Winners, losers in omnibus bill | EPA funding stands at .1b | Lawmakers get wildfire funding fix MORE (D-R.I.) that would extend the rate of 3.4 percent for one year and is paid for by ending a tax break on tax-deferred retirement accounts — the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act, S. 1238.

But a bipartisan group made up of Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's 12:30 Report Democrats desperate for a win hail spending bill Coal miners' union to endorse Manchin MORE (D-W.Va.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Cybersecurity: House Intel votes to release Russia report | House lawmakers demand Zuckerberg testify | Senators unveil updated election cyber bill Senators introduced revised version of election cyber bill Overnight Cybersecurity: Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica | Senators grill DHS chief on election security | Omnibus to include election cyber funds | Bill would create 'bug bounty' for State MORE (R-N.C.), Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnPaul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism Republicans in Congress shouldn't try to bring back earmarks Republicans should know reviving earmarks is a political nightmare MORE (R-Okla.), Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (R-Tenn.), Angus KingAngus Stanley KingLindsey Graham: Trump firing Mueller would 'probably' be impeachable offense Angus King: McCabe firing seemed 'mean-spirited' With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks MORE (I-Maine) and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperWarren turns focus to Kushner’s loans Overnight Energy: Dems probe EPA security contract | GAO expands inquiry into EPA advisory boards | Dems want more time to comment on drilling plan Overnight Regulation: Senate takes first step to passing Dodd-Frank rollback | House passes bill requiring frequent reviews of financial regs | Conservatives want new checks on IRS rules MORE (D-Del.) introduced a permanent solution similar to something the House passed last month. The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, S. 1241, would set all newly issued student loans to the U.S. Treasury 10-year borrowing rate plus 1.85 percent for undergraduate Stafford loans. The interest rate would be fixed over the life of the loan with a capped maximum loan rate of 8.25 percent.

Some Democrats argue that the bipartisan Senate bill and House Republican bill are worse than doing nothing because the maximum loan rate would be higher than 6.8 percent.

Reed has said a permanent solution would take more deliberation and should be done in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

The Senate could also begin work on appropriations bills, and some judicial nominations are expected to get votes.

In addition, former Rep. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDem calls for CDC to immediately begin gun violence research Historian Meacham: Bolton 'raises the stakes for military action around the world' Democrats lay into Trump's pick of Bolton for national security adviser MORE (D-Mass.) will be sworn in early next week. Markey will be the permanent replacement to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryFormer Georgia senator and governor Zell Miller dies 2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Kentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice MORE.

The House will consider three suspension bills dealing with derivatives, securities and veterans. Work will also start in the House Rules Committee on two bills that could reach the floor later in the week.

The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, H.R. 761, would require the administration to more efficiently develop domestic sources of minerals important to U.S. economic and national security, such as rare-earth elements used in cellphones and other technologies.

The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, H.R. 2609, provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers and various programs under the Department of Energy for fiscal 2014. The $30.4 billion bill cuts $2.9 billion from the previous year — $4.1 billion below President Obama’s budget request and $700 million below the sequestration level.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:


The Senate starts at 2 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m. will hold a vote on the nomination of Gregory Phillips to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

The Senate is then expected to debate the two student loan bills and possibly negotiate a compromise if neither passes.

The House also meets at 2 p.m. and will consider up to three suspension bills. Any needed roll call votes on these bills will be held at 6:30 p.m.

H.R. 1341, the Financial Competitive Act, which would direct the Financial Stability Oversight Council to study and report to Congress on the likely financial effects of differences between the United States and other countries on capital requirements in the derivatives markets.

H.R. 1564, the Audit Integrity and Job Protection, prohibiting the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board from requiring the automatic rotation of a public company's independent external auditor.

H.R. 1171, the FOR VETS Act, which would authorize the transfer of federal surplus property to a state agency for donations to veterans’ organizations.


The House meets at 10 a.m. on both days and could begin amendment work on the appropriations bill for energy and water projects and a bill to streamline mining permits.

H.R. 2609, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which would provide annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers and various programs under the Department of Energy for fiscal 2014.

H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, which would streamline development of minerals important to U.S. economic and national security, such as rare-earth elements used in cellphones and other technologies.

The Senate is in session, and will likely continue work on student loan bills throughout the week. Other votes on judicial nominees are possible throughout the week.


The House meets at 9 a.m., and votes on final passage of the appropriations bill and mining bill are possible. 


Neither the House nor Senate are likely to be in session.