The Week Ahead: The Week of December 17th

By December 17, 2007General

Congress does some work and then leaves this week for the holiday recess, with Thursday or Friday being the most likely departure date. Big question: Spending as an omnibus or spending as a continuing resolution. President Bush on Friday said if Congress can’t wrap up all the appropriations measures in an omnibus bill, then a one-year continuing resolution — at current funding levels — is the way to go. The AP has a story on the congressional spending proposal unveiled Sunday, and Bob Novak’s column covers the machinations.

The House convenes at noon, with H.R 2764, the omnibus spending bill, being the top item of business. Expect action this week on H.R. 6, the purports-to-be-an-energy bill, as it passed the Senate. Terrorism insurance as passed by the Senate is another possible floor debate. The AMT, H.R. 3996, remains a topic of dispute. The House schedule from the Majority Leader’s office is here.

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and takes up S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act, with a floor dispute over immunity for telecom companies. (Here’s last evening’s post on the topic.) Expect votes later in the week on the omnibus spending bill and/or continuing resolution.

House hearings: The full Energy and Commerce committee on Thursday Tuesday marks up H.R. 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act; and H.R. 1216, the Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Safety Act.

Senate hearings:A Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing Tuesday on oil spills from large, non-tank vessels. (Details here.) A different subcommittee on Wednesday considers truck safety and driver hours-of-service rules. Energy and Resources on Tuesday considers the nomination of Jon Wellinghoff to be a FERC member.

Executive Branch: President Bush travels south to Fredericksburg, Va., today to speak to the Stafford Rotary Club about the economy. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt talks about China and import safety at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Secretary of State Rice is in France at a donor’s conference about Palestinians.

Also, the FCC meets on Tuesday (agenda here) to consider a proposal from Chairman Martin to allow television or radio stations to combine with daily newspapers in the nation’s 20 largest media markets.

UPDATE (2:04 p.m.) Please note the correction above. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s markup of the CPSC legislation is Tuesday. Details.

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