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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/12/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Payroll tax, government shutdown deadlines loom

The good news for Congress this week: Leaders are edging toward a deal on a compromise spending measure that will keep the government running through next September. With a Dec. 16 deadline looming for both chambers to approve the measure, this week will be one of the highest-pressure ones on the Hill since the debt supercommittee disbanded last month.

The not-so-good news: A compromise remains elusive on a package to extend the payroll tax holiday, unemployment insurance, the “doc fix” and a host of other measures before the end of the year. Leaders of both parties said over the weekend that they believe an extension of the tax holiday will be approved, but it remains to be seen how Congress will pay the cost of an extension.

More on that front should become clear after the House votes on Tuesday on the package unveiled late last week by GOP leaders tying the payroll tax cut extension to a host of conservative-backed measures including one that would speed up a decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

And former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine (D) returns to the Hill this week to testify Tuesday and Thursday at hearings on the collapse of MF Global.

A closer look at the week ahead:

Monday

The House is in at noon, with votes at 6:30 p.m. on eight measures considered under suspension of the rules. The Senate is in at 2 p.m., with votes at 5:30 p.m. on the nominations of Norm Eisen to serve as ambassador to the Czech Republican and Mari Carmen Aponte to serve as ambassador to El Salvador.

Committee hearings/other events:

3 p.m.: The Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) holds a discussion on “New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico.”

5:30 p.m.: The House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.3630, the House Republican payroll tax package.

Tuesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. Votes are expected on the House Republican payroll tax plan and potentially on several measures under suspension of the rules. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: No Labels holds a meeting on its “Fix It Now” agenda for congressional reform. Participants include Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.).

8:30 a.m.: National Journal holds a policy briefing on the Congressional Connection Poll, to explore attitudes toward the federal budget deficit and possible solutions.

8:35 a.m.: Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) delivers a keynote address at a New America Foundation discussion on the release of a new report titled “The Resource Revolution: Meeting the World’s Energy, Materials, Food, and Water Needs.”

8:45 a.m.: Foreign Policy Initiative holds a forum at the Newseum on “Maintaining America’s Global Responsibilities in an Age of Austerity.”

9:30 a.m.: A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Effectiveness of Our Nation’s Public Alert System.”

10 a.m.: Former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine (D) testifies at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy of MF Global Holdings Ltd.

10 a.m.: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) holds a discussion on “The Economic and Development Transition in Afghanistan: Looking Beyond 2014.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on “Oversight of Federal Housing Finance Agency Part II.”

Noon: The National Archives holds a book discussion with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on his new book, “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.”

1 p.m.: The Atlantic holds a discussion on “The 2012 Election: Newswomen Covering National Politics.” Participants include Ann Compton of ABC News; Mara Liasson of National Public Radio; Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post; and Linda Douglass of Atlantic Media Company.

2 p.m.: The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on “Helping Homeowners Harmed by Foreclosures: Ensuring Accountability and Transparency in Appeals.”

2:30 p.m.: The Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a hearing on “Ten Years in the World Trade Organization (WTO): Has China Kept Its Promises?”

Wednesday

The House is in at 10 a.m.; there may be suspension votes as well as votes on the 2012 appropriations and national defense authorization measures. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: The Ripon Society holds a breakfast discussion on “Energy Security and the Search for Common Ground.” Participants include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.).

8:30 a.m.: The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds its Election Watch 2012 (Session 1). Participants include Michael Barone, Karlyn Bowman, Henry Olsen and Norman Ornstein of AEI.

9 a.m.: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion on “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Working Toward Fundamental Reform.”

9:30 a.m.: A Senate Banking subcommittee holds a hearing on “Examining Investor Risks in Capital Raising.”

10 a.m.: The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on “The Leadership of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”

10 a.m.: A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee holds a hearing on “The State of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Russia: U.S. Policy Options.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Homeland Security Committee meets to markup the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012.”

10 a.m.: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the FBI.”

10 a.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Confronting Damascus: U.S. Policy toward the Evolving Situation in Syria.”

10:30 a.m.: The National Association of Public Affairs Networks (NAPAN) and the Knight Foundation hold a discussion at the Newseum on “A Crisis of Coverage: The Future of State House Reporting.”

Thursday

The House is in session at 10 a.m. to continue work on the measures it began taking up on Wednesday. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:45 a.m.: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) delivers remarks at the Union for Reform Judaism’s 71st conference of North American Jews at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center.

9 a.m.: The Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California holds a discussion on “The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century: Policy Implications of the New Wave of Nuclear Proliferation Research.”

9:30 a.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a markup of H.R.3537, the “North American Energy Security Act,” requiring the secretary of State to act on a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

10 a.m.: A House Oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on “What the Euro Crisis Means for Taxpayers and the U.S. Economy, Part I.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on a “Review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Near-Term Task Force Recommendations for Enhancing Reactor Safety in the 21st Century.”

10 a.m.: The Senate HELP Committee holds a hearing on “Prescription Drug Shortages: Examining a Public Health Concern and Potential Solutions.”

10 a.m.: A House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Reviewing the Implementation of the ‘VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.”

10 a.m.: A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “H.R.32, the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2011: Proposals to Promote Economic Independence for Homeless Children and Youth.”

11 a.m.: A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee holds a hearing on governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

1 p.m.: Former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine (D) testifies at a House Financial Services subcommittee on “The Collapse of MF Global.”

Friday

The House is in at 9 a.m.; the Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: A House Oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on “What the Euro Crisis Means for Taxpayers and the U.S. Economy, Part II.”

10 a.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Changing Energy Markets and U.S. National Security.”

7 p.m.: The Embassy of the Czech Republic holds a holiday event titled “A Night With Amadeus.”

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