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House/Schedule: The House will be in session all week and adjournment is contingent on finishing business, at which time the House will go in to recess for the holidays. There could be a showdown over the big spending bill that would fund government through next September.
Senate/Schedule: The Senate is also in session all this week and adjournment date remains unclear, pending the big spending bill.
A vote is expected on Tuesday for the “Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011”and a vote is expected on Wednesday for the Appropriations Omnibus bill. The final Omnibus legislation text should be released Tuesday. At this time it is not public, but rumors say gimmicks may be used to enable spending to exceed the spending limits put in place earlier in the year, including breaking the bill up in to 3 separate pieces.
A vote is expected on Tuesday on two Balance Budget Amendment bills.
The House will consider H.R. 3630 <http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.03630:> , the “Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011”. It is reported to be a net tax cut and a net spending cut. This bill contains extensions for a number of programs which are set to expire at the end of the year, including:
A number of other items have been added to the bill, including:
The bill also contains several provisions to cut spending to offset the payroll tax cut and other measures. Overall the bill cuts $ 89 billion in spending and $ 953 billion over ten years.
Americans for Tax reform has issued a letter of support for this bill.
Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10) is submitting an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court on the unconstitutionally of the Healthcare reform law.
Rep. Phil Roe (TN-1) has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 475) which expresses the House’s sense that Obamacare is unconstitutional. This resolution, which already has 59 co-sponsors, is meant to send the message to the Supreme Court that even Congress does not believe this bill to be legal, and puts more pressure on the justices as they consider the suit against Obamacare. FreedomWorks is encouraging Members to sign on to the resolution.