House GOP plans votes on budget, Medicare cuts in March
© Greg Nash

House Republicans plan votes to establish next year's budget and prevent cuts in Medicare physician payments when they return to Washington this month.

Left unmentioned were bills previously yanked from the floor regarding abortion restrictions, border security and replacing No Child Left Behind will ever return.


The House will vote on a fiscal 2016 budget during the last week of March, according to a memo from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) office obtained by The Hill. That debate will come just weeks after the protracted fight over blocking President Obama's executive actions through a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In addition, a bill to renew a Medicare payment formula to doctors, known as the "doc fix," may also come up for a vote that week. The current "doc fix" extension expires on March 31.

House GOP leaders had to pull the education measure on the same day a stopgap funding bill for DHS melted down on the floor earlier this month. The bill lacked the votes because of near-universal Democratic opposition and objections from conservatives that it still retained federal authority over education policy.

A bill banning abortions after 20 weeks didn't have the votes due to objections from GOP women over language regarding rape, while the border security measure faced opposition from conservatives.

When the House returns next week, leaders plan to vote on noncontroversial health care bills as well as two measures to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations based on "secret science."

The two bills were originally slated for votes last week but were delayed after the House ran out of time because of DHS funding and a D.C. snowstorm. One would prevent the EPA from basing regulations on scientific research not made available to the public, while the other would overhaul the process for selecting members of the EPA's Scientific Advisory Board.

Lastly, the House will take up a measure next week passed by the Senate earlier this month to block a controversial National Labor Relations Board rule to expedite union elections.

The Senate plans to vote on its budget resolution the same week as the House.

The House will leave town again for a two-week recess after the coming work period starting Monday. Both the House and Senate plan to recess for two weeks from March 30 to April 10 for the Easter holiday.