House Republicans will call up legislation next week that forces Democrats to choose between funding research for pediatric diseases or continuing the taxpayer funding of political party conventions.
Senate committees next week will spend time examining the Iran nuclear deal, and the transition out of Afghanistan.
The House will hear from three Obama administration Cabinet secretaries next week on healthcare, Iran and international finance.
A group of 34 House members is calling on the Senate to approve legislation to tighten sanctions against Iran, a move the Obama administration says would disrupt ongoing nuclear negotiations with that country.
Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) has proposed legislation that would require federal officials and others who use ObamaCare data to commit identify theft to serve a five-year prison term.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chided Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for announcing that he will exempt some of his staff from enrolling in ObamaCare.
“Sen. Reid's decision to exempt his staff from ObamaCare exchanges is the clearest example yet of ObamaCare's failures and Washington hypocrisy,” Cruz said. “His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don't want to be part of it because it's a disaster.”
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that House Democrats would oppose the scheduled adjournment of the House next week unless the House passes an extension of expiring unemployment benefits.
The House passed legislation aimed at discouraging frivolous patent lawsuits.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was adamant on Thursday that the House would not stay in session past Dec. 13 to finish work on a range of unfinished issues.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blamed President Obama’s policies for high unemployment and a shrinking middle class.
“The truth is that the policy formula favored by President Obama — more regulation, hostility to American energy, anti-growth taxation, surging debt, bigger government, more federal interference, government-run healthcare and mindless immigration policies — are the cause, not the cure, for growing middle-class distress,” Sessions said Wednesday.