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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 07/05/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: The Senate votes on Libya; Democrats to talk debt with Biden


(AMR ABDALLAH DALSH - REUTERS)
The Senate’s back in town after having canceled its regularly-scheduled recess to continue working toward a debt-limit compromise.

Most of this week’s floor action, however, will be devoted to Libya. For the first time since President Obama announced that the U.S. was participating in the NATO-led mission against Moammar Gaddafi’s regime, the Senate will vote on a bipartisan resolution authorizing the action.

The vote on ending debate on the resolution is expected Tuesday night, with a vote on final passage slated for later in the week. But as the House showed last month, the messages from Congress have been somewhat muddled when it comes to the U.S. involvement in Libya, and several amendments aimed at defunding the mission will throw an element of unpredictability into the mix.

Libya also could come up again this week in the House, where members are back in town Wednesday to resume their work on the 2012 defense appropriations bill. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has pledged to offer an amendment aimed at defunding the entire mission, and while many members of both parties are chagrined at the ongoing operations, it’s unclear how many will be willing to vote to cut them off.

Below is a detailed look at the week ahead:

Tuesday

The House is in at 1 p.m. for a pro forma session, meaning no business is conducted. The Senate is in at 2 p.m. to consider the bipartisan Libya resolution sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). A vote on ending debate on the resolution is expected at 5 p.m.

Committee hearings/other events:

None scheduled

Wednesday

The House is in at 2 p.m., with votes on the defense appropriations bill scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

12:15 p.m.: Senate Democrats and Republicans hold their weekly policy lunches. Senate Democrats are expected to meet with Vice President Biden to talk about the debt limit; no time or place had been set as of Tuesday morning.

2 p.m.: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Federal Government Spectrum Use.”

5 p.m.: The House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the 2012 energy and water development appropriations bill.

Thursday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to continue working on the defense appropriations bill. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: The House Select Intelligence Committee holds a closed hearing on “Afghanistan/Pakistan Update.”

10 a.m.: The House Budget Committee holds a hearing on “Budgeting for America’s National Security.” Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.), Stimson Center fellow Gordon Adams and David Mosher, the assistant director of the Congressional Budget Office, testify.

10 a.m.: The House Education and Workforce Committee holds a hearing on “Rushing Union Elections: Protecting the Interests of Big Labor at the Expense of Worker’s Free Choice.”

10 a.m.: The Securities and Exchange Commission holds a roundtable on International Financial Reporting Standards.

10:15 a.m.: A House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies holds a markup of the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill for the agencies under its jurisdiction.

10:30 a.m.: A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Views of the Independent Agencies on Regulatory Reform.”

Noon: The Library of Congress holds a discussion on “Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted.”

12:45 p.m.: The New America Foundation holds a discussion on “Understanding the Scheduling Challenges Facing Low-Wage Workers: Employer Practice and Policy Solutions.”

1:30 p.m.: The Office of Management and Budget holds a White House forum on “Accountability in Federal Contracting.”

2 p.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Assessing the Consequences of the Failed State of Somalia.”

2 p.m.: A House Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Hezbollah in Latin America - Implications for U.S. Homeland Security.”

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Select Intelligence Committee holds a closed hearing on intelligence matters.

Friday

The House is in at 9 a.m. to continue working on the defense appropriations bill, with last votes expected at 3 p.m. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “Legislative Proposals Regarding Bank Examination Practices.”

10 a.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on “Afghanistan-Pakistan: A Race for Success: Two Trip Reports.”

10 a.m.: A House Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on “Challenges Facing Domestic Oil and Gas Development: Review of Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service Ban on Horizontal Drilling on Federal Lands.”

11 a.m.: The Smithsonian Institution holds the 45th Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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