This Week in Congress

In the House, courtesy of the Office of the Majority Leader:

First Vote of the Week… Monday 6:30 p.m.
Last Vote Predicted… Friday p.m.

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (22 Bills)

  1. H.R. 3219 Veterans’ Insurance and Health Care Improvements Act of 2009 (Rep. Filner – Veterans’ Affairs)
  2. H.R. 1293 – Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009 (Rep. Buyer – Veterans’ Affairs)
  3. H.R. 2770 – Veterans Nonprofit Research and Education Corporations Enhancement Act of 2009 (Rep. Filner – Veterans’ Affairs)
  4. H.R. 3155 – Caregiver Assistance and Resource Enhancement Act (Rep. Michaud – Veterans’ Affairs)
  5. H.R. 509 – Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2009 (Rep. Brown (SC) – Natural Resources)
  6. H.Res. 288 – Recognizing the importance of park and recreation facilities and expressing support for the designation of the month of July as “National Park and Recreation Month” (Rep. Barrow – Natural Resources)
  7. H.R. 1376 – Waco Mammoth National Monument Establishment Act of 2009 (Rep. Edwards (TX) – Natural Resources)
  8. H.R. 556 – Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act (Rep. Farr – Natural Resources)
  9. H.R. 1121 – Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act of 2009 (Rep. Foxx – Natural Resources)
  10. H.Res. 616 – Congratulating the Louisiana State University baseball team for winning the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I College World Series (Rep. Cassidy – Education and Labor)
  11. H.R. 1035 – Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act of 2009 (Rep. Grijalva – Education and Labor)
  12. H.J.Res. 44 – Recognizing the service, sacrifice, honor, and professionalism of the Noncommissioned Officers of the United States Army (Rep. Skelton – Armed Services)
  13. H.R. 2034 – Rural Homeowners Protection Act of 2009 (Rep. Clay – Financial Services)
  14. H.R. 3300 – To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the Federal Credit Union Act to provide more effective reviews of losses in the Deposit Insurance Fund and the Share Insurance Fund by the Inspectors General of the several Federal banking agencies and the National Credit Union Administration Board (Rep. Driehaus – Financial Services)
  15. H.R. __ – Extending the Federal Flood Insurance Program (Rep. Frank – Financial Services)
  16. H.R. __ – To amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to consider reconstruction and improvement of flood protection systems when establishing flood insurance rates (Rep. Matsui – Financial Services)
  17. H.R. 2623 – To amend the Federal securities laws to clarify and expand the definition of certain persons under those laws (Rep. McCarthy (CA) – Financial Services)
  18. H.R. 2529 – Neighborhood Preservation Act (Rep. Gary Miller – Financial Services)
  19. H.Res. 593 – Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State (Rep. Abercrombie – Oversight and Government Reform)
  20. H.Res. 373 – Expressing support for designation of the month of September as “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month” (Rep. Bachmann – Oversight and Government Reform)
  21. H.R. 3072 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9810 Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis, Missouri, as the “Coach Jodie Bailey Post Office Building” (Rep. Clay – Oversight and Government Reform)
  22. H.Res. 483 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Veterans of Foreign Wars Day (Rep. Kline – Oversight and Government Reform)


On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:30 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

Suspensions (11 Bills)

  1. H.R. 3325 –To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to reauthorize for 1 year the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program and the Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security program (Rep. Tanner – Ways and Means)
  2. H.R. 1803 – Veterans Business Center Act of 2009 (Rep. Nye – Small Business)
  3. H.R. 1807 – Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act (Rep. Thompson (PA) – Small Business)
  4. – Extending the SBIR Act of 2009 (Sen. Landrieu – Small Business)
  5. H.R. 1665 – Coast Guard Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (Rep. Cummings – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  6. H.Res. 508 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the general aviation industry should be recognized for its contributions to the United States (Rep. Fortenberry – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  7. H.R. 2093 – Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2009 (Rep. Pallone – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  8. H.R. 1752 – To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may be established by regulations of the Committee on House Administration (Rep. Brady (PA) – House Administration)
  9. H.R. 2510 – Absentee Ballot Track, Receive, and Confirm Act (Rep. Davis (CA) – House Administration)
  10. H.R. 2728 – William Orton Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act (Rep. Lofgren – House Administration)
  11. H.R. 2749 – Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (Rep. Dingell – Energy and Commerce)

H.R. 3326 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010 (Rep. Murtha – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3269 – Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act of 2009 (Rep. Frank – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule)

* Conference Reports may be brought up at any time.

* Motions to go to Conference should they become available.      

* Possible Motions to Instruct Conferees.

In the Senate, courtesy of the Secretary of the Senate:

No schedule available.

Committee events of note:

  • Mon, 7/27, 3pm. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security: H.R. 743, the “Executive Accountability Act of 2009”
  • Tue., 7/28, 10am. House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Ash Slide: Evaluation of Potential Causes and Updates on Cleanup Efforts
  • Tue., 7/28, 10am. Joint Economic Committee: Current Trends in Foreclosures and What More Can Be Done to Prevent Them
  • Tue., 7/28, 10am. Senate Judiciary Committee: Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, Assoc. Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Tue., 7/28, 2pm. House Oversight & Government Reform National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee: From Hard Drives to Helicopters: What’s the Plan for Withdrawal of U.S. Assets from Iraq
  • Tue., 7/28, 2:30pm. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security: Prosecuting Terrorists: Civilian and Military Trials for GTMO and Beyond
  • Wed., 7/29, 10am. House Foreign Affairs Committee: New Challenges for International Peacekeeping Operations. Witness: Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

  • Wed., 7/29, 2pm. House Homeland Security Committee: Beyond Readiness: An Examination of the Current Status and Future Outlook of the National Response to Pandemic Influenza
  • Thu. 7/30, 9:30am. Senate Armed Services Committee: Nomination: Fmr. Rep. John McHugh, Sec. of the Army
  • Thu., 7/30, 10am. House Veterans’ Affairs  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: The Implications of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Limited Scope of Gulf War Illness Research
  • Thu., 7/30, 1pm. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties: Proposals for Reform of the Military Commissions System
  • Thu., 7/30, 2pm. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution: S. J. Res 7, a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of Senators

The House will keep the wheels turning on Monday and Tuesday with another full plate of suspensions. That usually ticks people off, when they know there are so many important issues they’d rather see the House spending its time on. And normally, I’m able to point them to committee activity and explain that this is what the House occupies its time with when Members are traveling back and forth from their districts, or busy in committee with all that “real” stuff everyone wants them to be working on. But you may also notice that the committee schedules are a little on the light side, too. That’s because the real action will be in an all-day meeting of the House Democratic Caucus on Monday, meant to air out all the issues they can on the health care reform bill, go through it section by section, answer Members’ questions and concerns the best they can, and try to see if they can work things out such that they can move forward with the markup in the Energy & Commerce Committee and even possibly get to a floor vote at the end of the week — which may mean over the actual weekend. The odds are on the slim side for a floor vote, to be sure. But they’re getting better for at least moving ahead with the markup.

On the floor for sure later in the week are a few bills likely to spark at least some fireworks. The Defense appropriations bill, like all the approps bills this year, will undoubtedly draw Republican protest over restrictions on amendments. And as an added bonus, probably another resolution from Jeff Flake (R-AZ-06), targeting the PMA lobbying scandal, and indirectly (but not very indirectly) the Defense subcommittee chairman, Jack Murtha (D-PA-12).

On the Senate side, there’s actually nothing penciled in on the calendar. The Senate did finally finish with the Department of Defense authorization bill that had occupied them for the past two weeks or so. I would anticipate that they’d be moving on to appropriations bills ASAP. The much-anticipated Finance Committee markup of the Senate version of the health care bill is not firmly on anyone’s radar just yet, and the prospects for a Senate vote before the recess are virtually nil.

Full committee schedule appears below.

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