The Cloakroom: March 7 – 11

House Analysis:

The House returns on Tuesday next week to consider legislation involving the Federal Housing Administration refinancing program as well as a bill regarding the emergency mortgage relief program and its potential termination. On Wednesday, the House will host a joint meeting with the Senate for the purpose of receiving the Honorable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia. Members will stay busy with more than sixty committee and subcommittee hearings involving everything from job restricting regulations, the mounting US debt, the situation in Libya, the EPA, and more.

Senate Analysis:

Senator Reid has agreed to two test votes related to spending this week: one on the House-passed HR. 1 and one on the Democratic spending plan, an amendment sponsored by Senator Inouye. Both bills need 60 votes to pass, and it is incredibly unlikely that either will garner enough support.  Also, Senator Reid has scheduled a cloture vote on the Patent Reform Bill, which will occur on Monday evening.

House Floor Action:

  • H.R. 830 – The FHA Refinance Program Termination Act
  • H.R. 836 – The Emergency Mortgage Relief Program Termination Act

Senate Floor Action:

  • S. 23: The Patent Reform Act of 2011
  • HR 1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
  • Senator Inouye amendment to HR 1

House Committee Action:

  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a joint subcommittee hearing on the “FY 2012 EPA Budget”.
  • The House Budget Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the “National Debt”.
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “North Korea”.

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Content originally posted on The Foundry.

Maggie Piggott contributed to this analysis.

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