All eyes will be on the Iowa caucuses on Monday, but Congress is back in session this week for an energy fight in the Senate and yet another vote to repeal the healthcare law.

Groundhog Day references will likely be inevitable when the House votes once again Tuesday, Feb. 2, on legislation to repeal ObamaCare. 

The House has voted more than 60 times since Republicans took over the majority in 2011 to undo the healthcare law. Tuesday’s vote, however, will be the first attempt to override President Obama’s veto of a measure to overturn his signature legislative accomplishment.

Consideration of the repeal measure - the first to pass both the House and Senate - is expected to stall after this week’s vote. Republicans are not expected to secure the necessary two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto. And once the veto override attempt fails in the House, the Senate won’t be able to consider it.


The perhaps ironic Groundhog Day timing on Tuesday will also extend to legislation that would prevent the Obama administration from lifting sanctions on Iranian entities unless they can certify they aren’t affiliated with terrorism or ballistic missile development. The U.S. and other global powers began lifting sanctions last month as part of the international accord struck last year to curtail Iran's nuclear program.

The bill technically already passed the House in mid-January with a majority of lawmakers voting for it. But more than 130 members were absent when Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE (R-Wis.) closed the vote on time to punish tardiness.

Ryan had admonished lawmakers days earlier to be on time for votes, saying it would “help with the maintenance of the institution.” By closing the vote after the officially allotted 15 minutes, the Speaker made it clear he’ll make serious efforts to enforce a rule largely ignored by his predecessor. 

Tuesday’s do-over will consequently be a test of how well lawmakers can be on time.

Both measures were originally expected to be considered last week. But the House canceled votes for the entire week after a blizzard dumped more than two feet of snow on Washington, resulting in days of cleanup efforts.

The House is also expected to vote on a handful of bills reported out of the House Financial Services Committee.

One measure, titled the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015, would reform certain housing programs for low-income families. Another bill, the Financial Institution Consumer Protection Act, would limit federal agencies’ ability to order depository institutions to terminate specific customer accounts.

Energy legislation

Senators will continue debating a wide-ranging energy bill as they try to navigate around divisive amendments and wrap up their work this week. 

The legislation from Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate panel deadlocks over Biden pick to lead DOJ civil rights division Senate GOP dismayed by vote to boot Cheney Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R-Alaska) marks the first energy rewrite in seven years and includes a myriad of policies including expanding the conservation fund and updating the electricity grid. 

While approximately a dozen amendments to the legislation have been approved, lawmakers have already submitted nearly 200 potential changes. 

Democrats are pushing to link the Flint drinking water crisis to the bill, including $400 million for fixing pipes in Flint, Mich., and another $200 to establish "Centers of Excellence" on lead in drinking water. 

Separately, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE is tying a long-brewing battle over the Puerto Rico financial crisis to the legislation. 

The Massachusetts senator—backed by a handful of her Democratic colleagues—is offering an amendment that would temporarily protect the island territory from debt collectors. 

The senators argue the stay is needed to "facilitate an orderly process for stabilizing, evaluating, and comprehensively resolving" Puerto Rico's crisis.

While lawmakers broadly argue that they are concerned about Puerto Rico's financial situation, how to resolve it has dissolved into a largely partisan battle. 

Votes haven't been scheduled on either amendment, but trying to link them could bog down the otherwise uncontroversial energy bill in a party-line battle. 

Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping to use the legislation to block President Obama's temporary halt of new leases for coal mining on federal land. 

Under an amendment from Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchFinancial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted Bottom line The Republicans' deep dive into nativism MORE (R-Utah), the ban would be allowed to go forward if Congress signs off and if the Obama administration submits a plan showing the new rule wouldn't negatively impact federal revenue and details the impacts on jobs and related industries.

Senators are expected to vote on the next group of amendments after weekly policy lunches on Tuesday afternoon.