House Meets At:First Vote Predicted:Last Vote Predicted:
2:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Unlimited “One Minutes
6:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.

Following one minutes, the House is expected to recess until approximately 4:30 p.m. At that time, the House will reconvene and consider the 13 bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules.

Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Suspensions (13 bills)

  1. Senate Amendment to H.R. 4057 – Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012 (Rep. Bilirakis – Veterans’ Affairs)
  2. S. 3202 – Dignified Burial of Veterans Act of 2012, as amended (Sen. Murray – Veterans’ Affairs)
  3. S. 3472 – Uninterrupted Scholars Act (Sen. Landrieu – Education and the Workforce)
  4. Senate Amendment to H.R. 4212– Drywall Safety Act of 2012 (Rep. Rigell – Energy and Commerce)
  5. Senate amendment to H.R. 6328 – Clothe a Homeless Hero Act (Rep. Hochul – Homeland Security)
  6. Senate Amendment to H.R. 2076 – Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2011 (Rep. Gowdy – Judiciary)
  7. Senate Amendment to H.R. 6029 – Foreign and Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act of 2012 (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  8. Senate Amendment to H.R. 6621 – To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code (Rep. Smith (TX) – Judiciary)
  9. S. 3331 Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (Sen. Kerry – Foreign Affairs)
  10. S. 2318 Department of State Rewards Program Update and Technical Corrections Act of 2012 (Sen. Kerry – Foreign Affairs)
  11. S.J.Res. 44 – A joint resolution granting the consent of Congress to the State and Province Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding (Sen. Kohl – Foreign Affairs)
  12. H.R. 3159 – Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012, as amended (Rep. Poe – Foreign Affairs)
  13. Senate Amendment to H.R. 6364 – Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act (Rep. Poe – Oversight and Government Reform)

The GOP Leadership has not announced the legislative schedule for the remainder of this week, but Members are advised that votes are expected in the House tomorrow, Monday, December 31. 

Members are also advised that the House may be in session through Wednesday, January 2.  Further scheduling information regarding what legislation may be on the Floor will be announced as it becomes available. Any potential absences should be reported to the Whip’s office at x5-3130.

The Daily Quote

"The 112th Congress is limping to a formal close next week with the dubious distinction of passing fewer bills into law than any Congress in decades. Its dismal record will come as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching the post-election lame duck session consumed by lawmakers’ inability — so far — to craft a deal to avert the year-end 'fiscal cliff.' But the number of legislative disputes that they have failed to resolve while they have been failing to craft a budget deal is equally striking. They include reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, renewing a sweeping farm bill and reforming the U.S. Postal Service. Congress’s inability to solve even the stuff that used to be considered routine in Washington portends trouble for work on broader legislative initiatives like immigration reform or new gun control laws next year, when Republicans will continue to have solid control of the House..."

          -  New York Times, 12/29/12