With most of the political world keeping tabs on Super Tuesday, the House and Senate meet this week to consider legislation on jobs and highway funding.
What are they doing?
The House is set to vote Monday on three post office-naming bills and then will spend the rest of the week on a series of measures tied to the economy and job creation, including the JOBS Act introduced last week by Republican leaders.
In the Senate, the Gang of 100 is set to spend most of its week focused on the federal highway bill and several amendments. Senators may also vote to confirm federal judges.
At the committee level, a slew of Obama administration officials will appear before House Appropriations subcommittees and Senate Appropriations subcommittees to make the case for their fiscal 2013 budget requests. Among those set to appear on Capitol Hill: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Navy Secretary Ray Maubs, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair. The administration’s budget requests will be all but ignored, but the testimony of Cabinet secretaries and agency heads often generates headlines.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced their support Sunday for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, giving him the support of a key Washington leader, and a national conservative hero.
For those of you keeping count, Romney has the support of 16 senators and 67 House lawmakers, according to Roll Call. Newt Gingrich trails with the support of 11 former House colleagues, Rick Santorum has four House lawmakers backing him and Ron Paul has his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and two other House lawmakers on his side.
Will others join Team Romney before Super Tuesday? And how many will jump on the bandwagon by week’s end? Stay tuned. (And read Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake’s take on this at The Fix.)
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