Democrats Near Spending Deal as Senate Takes Up Nominees, House Considers Bill Protecting Older Job Applicants
How do you feel about this week’s congressional schedule?
What’s happening in Congress?
- Democrats are closing in on a deal on the final legislative text of their social spending plan, the Build Back Better Act, and may bring it up for a vote this week if they’re able to resolve their intra-party negotiations over its contents. An agreement on a revised framework was reached last week, although the internal haggling over the package continues.
- The Senate starts its week Monday with confirmation votes on a pair of circuit court judges ― Beth Robinson to the Second Circuit and Toby Heytens to the Fourth Circuit. It will then move on to considering five nominees to positions in the executive branch.
- Later in the week, the Senate may take a re-vote on a failed procedural nomination to start debate on Democrats’ latest election reform bill, although if it occurs it’s likely to fail along party-lines again because it lacks the 60 votes needed to overcome the legislative filibuster.
- Committees will hold hearings on cleaning up online marketplaces selling stolen, counterfeit, and unsafe goods; aviation safety reform; and potential non-electric applications of civilian nuclear energy.
- The House starts its week Monday with votes on eight bills under the fast-track “suspension of the rules” process which requires a two-thirds majority for passage in exchange for limited debate.
- An additional seven suspension bills are on Tuesday’s docket and nine more are tentatively slated for consideration later in the week, although the schedule from Tuesday through Friday may change if Democrats reach a deal on their spending plan.
- If, or when, Democrats finalize the Build Back Better Act it may receive a floor vote shortly thereafter. That may coincide with a vote on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that has been blocked by House Democrats in the absence of a deal on their partisan spending plan.
- The House may also vote on a bill to increase protections for older job applicants against age discrimination in the hiring process and the annual intelligence authorization, in addition to other potential legislation that’s added to the agenda as the week goes on.
- Committees will hold hearings on financial technology products; U.S. cybersecurity policy; and strengthening congressional oversight capacity.
Check below throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 6:30pm (under suspension of the rules)
- H.R. 1619: Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act
- H.R. 2758: Lumbee Recognition Act
- H.R. 1975: Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021
- H.R. 5221: Urban Indian Health Confer Act
- H.R. 3616: Bear River National Heritage Area Study Act
- S. 108: A bill to authorize the Seminole Tribe of Florida to lease or transfer certain land, and for other purposes
- H.R. 4881: Old Pascua Community Land Acquisition Act
- H.R. 2088: Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, as amended
Tuesday after 12pm
- H.R. 3469: Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2021, as amended
- H.R. 4256: Investing in Main Street Act of 2021
- H.R. 3462: SBA Cyber Awareness Act
- H.R. 4481: Small Business 7(a) Loan Agent Transparency Act
- H.R. 4531: 7(a) Loan Agent Oversight Act
- H.R. 4513: Small Business Advanced Cybersecurity Enhancements Act of 2021
- H.R. 4515: Small Business Development Center Cyber Training Act of 2021
Wednesday or Thursday after 12pm, Friday between 9am and 3pm
- H.R. 3992: Protect Older Job Applicants Act of 2021
- H.Con.Res. 44: Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution, as amended
- H.R. 1917: Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act
- H.R. 1339: Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, as amended
- H.R. 3193: E-Bridge Act, as amended
- H.R. 3709: Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2021
- H.R. 2220: To amend title 40, United States Code, to modify the treatment of certain bargain-price options to purchase at less than fair market value, and for other purposes
- H.R. 390: To redesignate the Federal Building located at 167 North Main Street in Memphis, Tennessee as the "Odell Horton Federal Building"
- H.R. 4679: To designate the Federal building located at 1200 New Jersey Ave Southeast in Washington, DC, as the “Norman Yoshio Mineta Federal Building”
- H.R. 4660: To designate the Federal building and United States Courthouse located at 1125 Chapline Street in Wheeling, WV, as the “Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse”
- Possible consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
- Possible consideration of the Build Back Better Act
- Possible consideration of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY2022
- Additional legislative items are possible.
Monday after 5:30pm
- Confirmation of Beth Robinson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit
- Confirmation of Toby Heytens to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit
Rest of the Week (Tentative)
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Jonathan Davidson to be Deputy Under Secretary of the Treasury
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Benjamin Harris to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Jeffrey Prieto to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Isobel Coleman to be a Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Rajesh Nayak to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor
- Possible motion to reconsider the failed cloture motion on the motion to proceed to S. 2747: Freedom to Vote Act
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1. Pass the Build back better, for the people bill. 2. No more vacations between now and Christmas. (which should be 2 days for you). 3. Begin trials and sentencing of the Jan. 6th participants and planners.
OMG, Andy! OMG!
A bit off topic … And real life just keeps moving on ..... From the Miami Herald, yesterday the 4th, more 'good' election results .... https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-primary-winner-ex-felon-183457535.html .... Headline: "Republican primary winner is ex-felon who never applied for the right to hold office". First couple of paragraphs from the story .... "The winning Republican in this week’s congressional primary in South Florida is a convicted felon who did not go through the state’s process to restore his civil rights after his imprisonment, interviews and records show. That step is required under Florida law for a candidate to hold political office. Jason Mariner, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens, an advertising executive and self-described “America First” conservative candidate, won Tuesday’s GOP primary with 58 percent of votes in the heavily Democratic 20th Congressional District." .... All I can say .... WTF .... WOW !!
Manchin for president in 2024. A grounded man with conviction.
Don’t vote on anything without a CBO score!!!
When the hell will JimK stop taking biased, politically paid views? When that happens, we will have civil discourse in this country as opposed to the gridlock we have now. But since that is impossible, Let’s go Brandon! And watch us fail.
Joe Manchin and Sinema cost and cause the American people more problems, than their party! The American people again are the looser, whether it is under Republican or democrats control, they’re all corporate puppets. Joe Biden will never get anything done with Manchin or sinema, or the republicans party. Republicans tried to make Obama a one term president, Manchin (coal industry) or Sinema (corporate welfare) are doing the same to Biden. It is time for small businesses and the American people to win in stead of always loosing. Maybe it is time to vote in more independent?
Let’s go Brandon!
No more Spending our Money. Enough Already!
If the Dems don’t get their act together and show us they can govern, based on last nights results, I’m afraid that the 2022 midterms are going to be a blood bath for them. C’mon Dems! Most of Biden’s priorities have wide public support, so please get aboard and get it done before it’s too late. Government under Republican control, with their lack of caring for anyone but the rich, is unthinkable.
For god's sake, Dems. get the BBB plan into law. You were not voted into office to screw up these proposals. The two "Republicans in Democratic clothing" need to get onboard and get this proposal voted into law. They have gummed up the works for way too long and have gotten provisions that they want, so stop being assholes and do what you were put into office to do.
I’m done Holding out hood for this congress is time wasted They didn’t learn when Sanders ran against Hillary? Progressives, Manchin Simena and Sanders just handed the 22 and 24 elections to the republicans
Please, please, please pass both jobs bills and the voting rights legislation. We need some wins. The Virgina race shows that running away from Biden's policies is electoral death. We must pass legislation!
Since Congress & Biden are so hung go about being green, might I suggest they GIVE solar panels to homeowners (for their residence only) that make less than $100,000/year? That would be better than a tax break, help thousands of seniors, and lower the electric power grid use, freeing up more for electric vehicles. It would be a better use of taxpayers’ money than much that is in the huge bill now being considered.
Congress blows a lot of smoke. I have ZERO respect for these greedy, corrupt politicians who are not listening or helping the American people!
I’m curious if the democrat’s congress can manage there way out of a paper bag? We have biased posters that rail against the Florida governor offering $5,000 bonus for recruiting police officers while those same posters are silent on Portland offering $25,000. The progressive bullies are causing all the hate between Americans. Thanks to Manchin, a little ray of hope for sanity exists.
When the hell will the Senate Republican Faction stop blocking all of Biden’s ambassadorial nominees? When the hell will the Senate Republican Faction at least pretend that it cares about the future of this country instead of becoming a regimented blockade to the duly elected administration? This is an ongoing very costly and very dangerous tactic that puts our country’s vital interests second to the Republican Faction’s political party interests. No wonder that Congress cannot get anything done. … … … I find it embarrassing that of the G20 nations that our president is meeting with, only three or four have established US ambassadors and these are all leftover’s from the trump because the Republican Senate is blocking every single ambassadorial nomination, not because they find any unqualified or unworthy but only to kneecap the president from adequately working with the world of nations, just because they can. They brag about creating chaos and playing dirty tricks to beat their stated political enemies- not based on policy, their oath, or the will of the country - but only because they can. I consider this traitorous. … … … And who but that Great Bearded Blunder, that Voice of Fartuitus Thunder, the one and only (thank god) Teddy-Faced Cruz seems to be spearheading this traitorous effort. To quote the the prior Republican Speaker of the House, a straight talking old-style Republican, John Boehner: ‘f@¢k you Ted Cruz!’. Are there any Republican Senators left with a shred of conscience or dignity enough to speak out about this crap?. … … … SILENCE IS COMPLIANCE! Silent Republican’s are just as guilty as those willing to destroy democracy itself to get what they want for their own self-interests. We will remember.
Personally, I am exhausted by the amount of fighting and inaction in Congress. I wish Manchin and the other Dem would get on board so something can move ahead.
Where in the hell is Diaper Joe?