But the vote on that bill, which calls for government collection of salary data from companies and offers grants to help women improve their salary negotiation skills, is expected to fail. Once it does, the Senate plans to start work on a 2013 farm bill, S. 3240.


The bipartisan farm bill would cut deficits by $23 billion, but that's a smaller cut than both the Obama administration and House Republicans are pushing for.

Meanwhile, House Republicans should be able to advance several spending bills, including the Energy and Water bill that they started to work on this week. Members considered several amendments on Friday, and turned away a handful that would have cut spending by more than $1.5 billion.

The House could also start work on spending bills for the Department of Homeland Security and the Legislative Branch, and is also expected to vote on a bill aimed at lowering healthcare costs.

Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:


The Senate meets at 2 p.m. and will start debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, S. 3220, leading to a Tuesday procedural vote.

At 5 p.m., senators will debate the nomination of Tim Hillman to be a U.S. district judge for Massachusetts, and a vote on the nomination is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The House is out.


The Senate returns, at at 2:15 p.m. will vote on a motion to end debate on the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act. Assuming the vote fails, the Senate could proceed to S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012.

The Senate is in for the rest of the week but has no definitive plans past Tuesday.

The House meets at noon for speeches, then at 2 p.m. to work on suspension bills, with votes at 6:30 p.m. The bills are:

H.R. 2060 - Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act,

H.R. 2336 - York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act,

H.R. 1740 - To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System,

H.R. 3263 - Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act,

H.R. 241 - To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California,

H.R. 2512 - Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act,

H.R. 4222
- To provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona,

S. 363 - A bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to convey property of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the City of Pascagoula, Mississippi,

S. 292 - Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act,

H.R. 4282 - International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act.


The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and noon to continue work on the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, H.R. 5325.

The House could also start work on two other 2013 spending bills:

H.R. 5855, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, and,

H.R. 5882, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act.

Finally, a vote is expected on H.R. 436, the Health Care Cost Reduction Act.


The House meets at 9 a.m. to complete any unfinished work from the week.