House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) argued this week that the auto program creates jobs, a sign that House Dems will fight the proposed GOP offset.
Democrats also oppose the overall FEMA funding level proposed by House Republicans, which could force House and Senate leaders at some point to find a middle ground. At the prodding of Senate Democrats, the Senate this week approved a $6.9 billion increase for FEMA, none of which is offset by spending cuts.
Trade policy, another point of contention, might also take a few steps forward next week. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Justice Breyer issues warning on remaking Supreme Court: 'What goes around comes around' MORE (D-Nev.) said he hopes to move ahead on a bill reauthorizing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which expired in February.
Renewing the program, which aids workers who lose their jobs due to trade, is a top Democratic priority. But a top GOP priority on trade is congressional approval of three pending free-trade agreements — with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
Republicans have balked at re-upping TAA until President Obama sends Congress legislation on the free-trade deals. As a result, Senate passage of TAA would likely set up the need for another high-level discussion about exactly how to bridge the divide.
Also on the agenda is a House GOP bill that seeks to shine a spotlight on the EPA’s regulatory activities, by forcing the government to measure the effects of EPA regulations on companies.
Below is a more detailed look at the week ahead:
The House meets at noon for a pro forma session only. The Senate meets at 2 p.m., and may begin work on legislation reauthorizing Trade Adjustment Assistance.
The Senate is also expected to vote on a motion to proceed to H.R. 2832, a bill giving duty-free access to the U.S. for dozens of countries. The House approved that bill last week.
The House meets at noon for speeches and at 2 p.m. for work on five suspension bills, with votes expected at 6:30 p.m. The bills are:
H.R. 2005, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act;
H.R. 1852, the Chidren’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act;
H.R. 2646, the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act;
H.R. 2944, the U.S. Parole Commission Reauthorization Act; and
H.R. 2189, the Death in Custody Reporting Act.
The House might also start work on H.J.Res. 79, a continuing resolution allowing government spending through Nov. 18. The Senate is in session the rest of the week, and might also take up the CR once it passes the House.
The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and at noon for legislative work. Debate — and possibly a final vote — is expected on the CR.
Also possible are votes on three suspension bills (if not Wednesday, later in the week). These are:
S.Con.Res. 28, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall to award a congressional gold medal to military units for their service in World War II;
H.R. 2943, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Extension Act; and
H.R. 2883, the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act.
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) said this week that the last bill, which he sponsored, would reform two federal child welfare programs, and that both parties from both houses of Congress are working together on the bill. The Senate Finance Committee will meet Tuesday to consider the same legislation.
The House meets at 10 a.m. for speeches and at noon to continue legislative work. Work on H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, is possible.
The Senate might hold a vote on final passage of the CR, if the House has passed it on Wednesday. Both House and Senate passage are expected sometime late in the week, as both chambers are in recess the following week, and the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
The House meets at 9 a.m. for legislative work, and last votes on any of the remaining items for the week are expected by 3 p.m.