Week ahead: The wait is (almost) over

Expect a flood of off-the-Hill events to follow on the decision, too. None have been scheduled or publicized, however, because the ruling date is unknown.

A ruling in the highly charged case this week could make for some awkward social situations outside the Capitol. House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (R-Va.) said he would make time in the chamber’s schedule for the White House-Congress picnic and a congressional baseball game. Because the picnic is scheduled for Wednesday night, a Monday ruling by the court could cast a shadow there.

Apart from healthcare reform, a Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appropriations bill could see action on the House floor.

In the Senate, the Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on health and benefits legislation.

On Thursday, the American College of Rheumatology will host a briefing on legislation to limit cost-sharing requirements for “specialty medications.” Rep. David McKinleyDavid McKinleyLawmakers press concerns over fuel efficiency rules Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Coal miners rally for pension fix MORE (R-W.Va.) and Lois Capps (D-Calif.) will speak.