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As President Obama prepares to throw some fastballs at the heads of the American taxpayer, Conservatives need to be aware of the issues at the plate on Capitol Hill. Liberals in Congress have plans that will transform America into a European style social democracy. The Senate is gearing up for another battle over a liberal Supreme Court nominee and Congress has quite a few left wing legislative issues in the on deck circle. Bailouts, Global Warming, nominations, the War Supplemental and guns are big issues this week in Washington. If you are a Tea Partier who cares about conservatism, the Congressional agenda is full of ideas that will raise your taxes, reinterpret the Constitution and use your tax dollars to bailout terrible business decision’s of Wall Street.
The issues for conservatives to watch are the following:
The schedule for the Senate this week according to the Senate Majority Leader’s web site:
Senate convenes at 2pm today and enters a period of Morning Business until 3:00pm with senators permitted to speak therin for up to 10 minutes each.
Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to debate the nomination of Lael Brainard to be Under Secretary of the Treasury. At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Brainard nomination.
As a reminder, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:
– Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury;
– Marisa J. Demeo, of the district of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia;
– Christopher H. Schroeder, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Attorney General;
– Thomas I. Vanaskie, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; and
– Denny Chin, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
5:30pm cloture vote on the nomination of Lael Brainard to be Under Secretary of the Treasury.
The schedule for the House this week according to the House Majority Leader’s web site:
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
On Monday, the House will not be in session.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:30 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Suspensions (6 Bills)
- H.R. 4178 – Deposit Restricted Qualified Tuition Programs Act (Rep. Cleaver – Financial Services)
- H.Res. 1257– Supporting the goals and ideals of National Financial Literacy Month, 2010 (Rep. Hinojosa – Financial Services)
- H.R. 3553 – Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act (Rep. Kirkpatrick – Financial Services)
- H.Res. __ – Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks(Reps. Conyers/Cohen – Judiciary)
- H.Res. 1104 – Supporting the mission and goals of 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States (Rep. Costa – Judiciary)
- H.Res. 1116 – Supporting the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week (Rep. Lee (CA) – Energy and Commerce)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
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 (10 Bills)
- S. 1963 – Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act (Sen. Akaka – Veterans’ Affairs)
- H.Res. 855 – Expressing support for designation of May 1 as “Silver Star Service Banner Day” (Rep. Blunt – Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.Res. 1262– Expressing condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims of the fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Washington (Rep. Larsen – Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.Con.Res. 255 – Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and honoring the founder of Earth Day, the late Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin (Rep. Obey – Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.Res. 1182– Congratulating Radford University on the 100th anniversary of the university (Rep. Boucher – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1239 – Commending the University of Connecticut Huskies for their historic win in the 2010 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament (Rep. Courtney – Education and Labor)
- H.R. 1585 – FIT Kids Act (Rep. Kind – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1263– Expressing support for Mathematics Awareness Month (Rep. McMorris Rodgers – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. __ – Recognizing the continued importance of volunteerism and national service and commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the landmark service legislation, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (Rep. George Miller – Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1216– Congratulating Reverend Daniel P. Coughlin on his tenth year of service as Chaplain of the House of Representatives (Rep. Lipinski – House Administration)
Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 2194 – Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (Rep. Berman – Foreign Affairs) Motion to Instruct Conferees.
H.R. 157 – District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (Rep. Norton – Judiciary) (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.
(HT to the Daily Kos for their own “This Week in Congress” product that gave RS the idea for a conservative educational weekly update)