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  • House and Senate Cloakroom: December 12 – December 16

    House Cloakroom: December 12 – December 16

    Analysis: This week the House will take up two large year end packages.  The first will be the extension of the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, TANF and the “doc fix.”  The cost of the bill is offset through a federal pay freeze, means testing of Medicare, flood insurance reform and increases in fees for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The bill also includes a provision to speed approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and stop the EPA’s Boiler MACT regulations. The House will also take up the “megabus” that includes the all the appropriations bills for FY 2012 that have yet to pass the House and Senate. The current continuing resolution funding the government will expire on Friday, December 16.

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    Senate Cloakroom: December 12 – December 16

    Analysis: This will be a very busy week on the Senate floor.  The week will begin with a vote on the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte to be the ambassador to El Salvador.  She currently holds the position through a recess appointment.  The Senate will then debate and vote on two versions of a Balanced Budget Amendment as required by the Budget Control Act.  The Republican version includes a 18% spending cap, a three-fifths vote to raise the debt ceiling and a two-thirds vote to raise taxes.  The Democrat version does not include a cap, allows the amendment to be waived by a three-fifths vote and includes a carve out for Social Security.  The Senate will also take up the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance, TANF and “doc fix” extensions bill once it is approved by the House along with the “megabus” appropriations bill.  It is also possible that they will take up the conference report on the Department of Defense Authorization bill if the conferees reach an agreement or the detainee provisions may be included in the defense section of the “megabus” appropriations bill.

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