As the Senate votes on setting up a permanent authority for the federal government to bailout Wall Street, the House is readying action to provide statehood to Puerto Rico. Global Warming and immigration will be on the long term agenda for Congress and we may see some renewed efforts on the part of the Obama Administration to vet Supreme Court nominees in anticipation of a big fight this Summer over the Presidents pick to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. As we transition into May, conservatives need to keep a close eye on the issues heating up Washington, D.C.
The issues for conservatives to watch this week are the following:
- Bailouts - The Senate will vote at 5 p.m. today on cloture on a motion to proceed to S.3217, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Dodd (D-CT) and Ranking Member Shelby (R-AL) have been negotiating an agreement on the bill, but without any agreement before late this afternoon, it is widely expected that the motion to proceed to the bailout bill will be defeated.
- Immigration - There is renewed talk of immigration being the next big issue to be considered by the Senate. The outlines of a bill have been mapped out in the Washington Postby Sens. Schumer (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC) where they proposed four elements of a plan: Biometric Social Security Cards; Border Security; a temporary worker program; and, pathway to citizenship. Some argue that this may be a partisan effort to put the Senate and House on record, when leaders in Congress know it will be very difficult to pass a bill. An outline of a proposal is expected to be rolled out this week by Senator Schumer.
- Global Warming - The emergence of immigration as a pending issue in Congress has kicked Global Warming legislation to the curb. Sens. Kerry (D-MA) and Lieberman (ID-CT) were expected to roll out a version of Global Warming legislation this week, but those plans were postponed putting chances of passage in the Senate in jeopardy. The House passedGlobal Warming legislation June of last year 219-212. Chad Pergram at Foxnews.comargues that "Graham, whose sponsorship of the (Global Warming) bill is viewed as crucial to lure other Republicans, dropped out of talks. That forced Kerry and Lieberman to postpone the planned rollout of the plan Monday." Pergram opined that "Graham punted because he believed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Pelosi were reorganizing the fleet and reflagging immigration reform as the next big issue in Congress."
- Puerto Rican Statehood - The House will be voting on H.R. 2499, The Puerto Rico Democracy Act, this week. According to Rep. Hastings (R-WA) on Red State "the bill would create a two-step voting process where the people of Puerto Rico would vote to either maintain the status quo or select a different political status. If a different political status is desired by the majority of the electorate, Puerto Ricans would have three options: independence, free association with the U.S., or full statehood."
The schedule for the Senate this week according to the Senate Majority Leader’s web site:
The Senate convenes: 2pm
Morning business until 3pm with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3217, the Wall Street Reform Act.
At 5pm, the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to to S.3217.
The schedule for the House this week according to the House Majority Leader’s web site:
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
On Monday, 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 (3 Bills)
- H.R. 4543- To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4285 Payne Avenue in San Jose, California, as the "Anthony J. Cortese Post Office Building" (Rep. Lofgren - Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.Res. 1103- Celebrating the life of Sam Houston on the 217thanniversary of his birth (Rep. McCaul - Oversight and Government Reform)
- H.R. 4861- To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1343 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois, as the "Steve Goodman Post Office Building" (Rep. Quigley - Oversight and Government Reform.
On Tuesday, APRIL 27, 2010 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
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, no votes are expected in the House.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.
Suspensions (13 Bills)
- S. 3253- To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (Sen. Landrieu - Small Business)
- H.Res. 1240- Supporting the goals and ideals of Global Youth Service Day (Rep. DeLauro - Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1293 - Expressing support for the goals and ideals of National Child Abuse Prevention Month(Rep. Biggert - Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1131 - Expressing support for designation of the week of April 18, 2010, through April 23, 2010, as National Assistant Principals Week (Rep. Fudge - Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 375 - Supporting the goals and ideals of Workers' Memorial Day in order to honor and remember the workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace (Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson - Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 561- Congratulating the Onondaga Community College Lady Lazers for winning the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament (Rep. Maffei - Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 563- Congratulating the Onondaga Community College Lazers for winning the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament (Rep. Maffei - Education and Labor)
- H.Res. 1280- Expressing the support of the House of Representatives for the goals and ideals of National Healthy Schools Day (Rep. Tonko - Education and Labor)
- H.R. 5017- Rural Housing Preservation and Stabilization Act of 2010 (Rep. Kanjorski - Financial Services)
- H.R. 3808- Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act (Rep. Aderholt - Judiciary)
- H.Res. 1259 - Recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Rep. Baldwin - Judiciary)
- H.Res. 1208 - Supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day (Rep. Smith (WA) - Judiciary)
- H.Con.Res. 264 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service (Rep. Norton - Transportation and Infrastructure)
H.R. 2499- Puerto Rico Democracy Act (Rep. Pierluisi – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule)
H.R. 5013 - IMPROVE Acquisition Act of 2010 (Rep. Andrews – Armed 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.