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Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 03/14/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: New stopgap funding measure on the floor as Friday deadline looms

The House and Senate are scrambling this week to pass their latest short-term funding bill, a three-week measure that would cut $6 billion from programs that President Obama had already marked for spending reductions. The measure currently funding the government is set to expire on Friday, March 18, but this time, unlike two weeks ago, there’s a little more certainty surrounding the stopgap bill: both Senate Democrats and the White House have signaled they’re willing to back it. If passed, the measure would give Congress and the White House until April 8 to hammer out a deal on keeping the government funded through the end of September.

(Worth keeping in mind: though the measure would buy Congress three more weeks to negotiate, lawmakers will actually be in Washington for only two of those weeks; the House and Senate are in recess next week for their latest state and district work period.)

Meanwhile, both chambers continue to respond to the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan and the ongoing developments in Libya; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) were among those weighing in on Sunday, and both developments will likely come up when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sits down for an interview on CNBC’s “Kudlow Report” airing at 7 p.m. tonight. Here’s a closer look at what’s happening this week:

Monday

The House is in session at noon. Votes are expected at 6:30 p.m. on two bills: a California post-office naming and a measure accepting a statue of President Gerald Ford in the Capitol. Both measures will be considered under suspension of the House rules, meaning they will need a two-thirds majority for passage.

The Senate is in session at 2 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., two roll call votes are expected: one on the confirmation of James Boasber to be U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia, and a cloture vote on S. 493, a small-business innovation bill.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) discusses “pending congressional inaction on guns and health care” at a National Press Club forum.

4 p.m.: A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on promoting investment and protecting commerce online.

4 p.m.: Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and others discuss “Is Senate Reform an Oxymoron?” at a Woodrow Wilson Center event.

7 p.m.: Boehner appears on CNBC’s “Kudlow Report.”

Tuesday

The House is in session at 10 a.m. and is expected to vote on the government funding resolution. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

9:30 a.m.: A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee holds a hearing on state and municipal debt.

9:30 a.m.: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) addresses an American Bar Association summit at Washington’s Renaissance Hotel.

10 a.m.: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testifies before the Senate Banking, Housing an Urban Affairs Committee.

10 a.m.: The Senate Budget Committee meets to examine the report of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force.

10:15 a.m.: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) addresses an American Bar Association summit at Washington’s Renaissance Hotel.

1 p.m.: The House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on Medicare payment policies.

1:30 p.m.: A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee holds a hearing on the national health care law’s waiver system.

2 p.m.: A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee meets to discuss the U.S. response to pirates.

Wednesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. Two measures are on the agenda: H.R. 839, which would terminate the Treasury Department’s $29 billion Home Affordable Modification Program, and H.R. 861, which would end the $7 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The two measures follow votes last week on a pair of bills that would eliminate two other foreclosure-assistance programs.

The Senate is also in session and could take up the government funding resolution if it clears the House on Tuesday.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a closed-door intelligence briefing on developments in Libya.

10 a.m.: Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy testify at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on developments in Afghanistan.

10 a.m.: The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on “The Obama Administration’s De Facto Moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on “The Report to the President from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.”

10 a.m.: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on health care reform.

10:30 a.m.: House Republican leaders hold a Forum on Job Creation in the Capitol Visitors Center Auditorium.

2 p.m.: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

2 p.m.: A House Ways and Means subcommittee holds a hearing on the tax code’s “treatment of abortion-related expenses” and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

2 p.m.: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) chair a Helsinki Commission hearing on “Northern Ireland: Why Justice in Individual Cases Matter.”

2:30 p.m. Petraeus and Flournoy hold a closed-door briefing for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on progress and expectations in Afghanistan.

Thursday (St. Patrick’s Day)

The House is in at 9 a.m. Legislation related to federal funding of National Public Radio is expected to reach the floor sometime on Thursday; also on the table is legislation sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) to end the war in Afghanistan. Last votes are expected around 3 p.m. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy hold a closed briefing on Afghanistan for the House Appropriations committee.

10 a.m.: The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on “Harnessing American Resources to Create Jobs and Address Rising Gasoline Prices.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on TARP oversight.

2 p.m.: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke testifies at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing.

Friday

The Senate is in session. The House is not in session. The measure currently funding the government is set to expire at midnight.

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