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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 11/28/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Payroll tax fight heats up; room-naming for Giffords aide


President Obama last week urged lawmakers to extend and expand the payroll tax cut. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
One week after the debt supercommittee announced it was unable to meet its minimum goal of $1.2 trillion in deficit savings, the fight over the unfinished business that would have been included in any debt compromise is heating up. At the top of the agenda: the payroll tax cut extension. The White House and Democrats are looking to put pressure on Republicans to back the extension. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) meanwhile, on Sunday became one of the highest-profile Republicans to come out against the extension, arguing that it would lead to the insolvency of Social Security.

Also happening this week: the House votes on naming a room in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, the Gabrielle Giffords community outreach director who was killed in January’s Tucson shooting; and the defense authorization fight ramps up in the Senate. A closer look at the week ahead:

Monday

The Senate is in session at 1 p.m. to consider the Department of Defense Authorization Act. At 5:30 p.m., a roll call vote is expected on a judicial nomination. Votes on the defense authorization bill are also possible. The House is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: Congress holds a photo opportunity for the arrival of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Noon: The Aspen Institute holds a discussion on “Key Threats: U.S. Readiness in Perilous Times.”

2 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “Moving Forward Post-Super Committee.” Participants include Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

2 p.m.: The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research holds an event on “The Future of Syria: Political Turmoil and Prospects of Democracy.”

7:30 p.m.: George Washington University hosts a discussion on the 2012 election at the Jack Morton Auditorium; participants include NBC’s Chuck Todd.

Tuesday

The House is in at 2 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., votes under suspension of the rules are expected on four measures: the Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act; the Federal Workers Compensation Modernization and Improvement Act; the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act; and the National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion on “Haiti: Reconstruction and the Role of Women.”

11 a.m.: Former Senate majority leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) deliver opening remarks at a summit on childhood obesity at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Noon: The Cato Institute holds a briefing in Rayburn B-338 on “Trendy or Green: Are Our Environmental Policies Helping?”

12:30 p.m.: Senate Democrats and Republicans hold their weekly policy luncheons.

2:15 p.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets to markup several bills.

2:30 p.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Life After the Super Committee: Where We Go From Here.” Participants include Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.).

4 p.m.: The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a book discussion on “Obama in Office: Assessing the First Two Years.”

5:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a debate on “Pledge or Wedge: The Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” Participants include Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

7 p.m.: Politics and Prose holds a book discussion with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on his new book, “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.”

7 p.m.: The Foreign Policy Initiative holds a discussion at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on “Foreign Policy and the 2012 Elections.” Participants include the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes, Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin and FPI’s Elise Stefanik.

Wednesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. Votes are expected on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act and on H.Res. 364, a measure designating Room HVC-215 as the “Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room.” The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: The Greater Washington Board of Trade hosts a conference at the Ronald Reagan Building on “Potential Economic Impact After Failure of Super Committee.”

10 a.m.: A Senate Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on “A Balanced Budget Amendment: The Perils of Constitutionalizing the Budget Debate.”

10 a.m.: The House Energy and Commerce Committee meets to markup several measures including H.R.1633, the “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011.”

10:30 a.m.: The Committee on House Administration holds a hearing on “Review of the Use of Committee Funds of the 112th Congress.”

11:30 a.m.: The Cato Institute holds a book discussion on “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.”

Noon: The Urban Institute holds a lecture on “Challenges for Public Leadership in Today’s World.” Participants include former Reps. David Obey (D-Wis.) and Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.).

Noon: The Aspen Institute holds a discussion on “Does the U.S. Need a National Manufacturing Strategy?”

Noon: Shire holds a forum in Rayburn 2168 on “How ADHD is Ailing our Economy.”

1 p.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Preserving Progress in Iraq, Part III: Iraq’s Police Development Program.”

Thursday

The House is in at 10 a.m. Votes are expected on H.R. 3463, a measure that would end taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions and terminating the Election Assistance Commission; H.R. 527, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act; and H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: The Senate Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on “Continuing Oversight of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “U.S. Strategic Objectives Towards Iran.”

Noon: Islamic Relief USA holds a briefing in Rayburn B-304 on “Horn of Africa Crisis: Updates from the Field.” Participants include Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

2 p.m.: A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.”

3:30 p.m.: American University holds a panel discussion on “Early State Examination: Do Iowa and New Hampshire Know What’s Best for the Country?” Participants include Glen Bolger, partner at Public Opinion Strategies; Corey Lewandowski, state director at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation of New Hampshire; David Mark, senior editor at Politico; and Rob Richie, executive director at FairVote.

5 p.m.: The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation hold the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.

Friday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to take up consideration of the measure it began considering on Thursday. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: Gen. David Rodriguez, commanding general U.S. Army Forces Command, delivers a keynote address at the Center for Complex Operations’ International Lessons Learned Conference at the National Defense University.

8:45 a.m.: The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on “Japan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

10 a.m.: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “The American Energy Initiative - Expediting the Keystone XL Pipeline: Energy Security and Jobs.”

12:15 p.m.: The Alliance for Health Reform holds a briefing in Dirksen G-50 on “Inside Deficit Reduction: What Now?”

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