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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/28/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Shutdown averted?

By Felicia Sonmez

The House and Senate are back in session Monday after a week-long President's Day district work period during which Senate Democrats and House Republicans traded criticism and counter-proposals, then appeared to approach an agreement on keeping the federal government funded through the middle of March. With four days left until the measure currently funding the government is set to expire, lawmakers have little time to forge a compromise. Here's a look at what's ahead this week on that and other issues on the Hill:

Monday, Feb. 28

The House and Senate convene at 2 p.m. The House is considering four bills, one of which is H.R. 386, the Securing Cockpits Against Laser Pointers Act of 2011. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) holds his weekly pen-and-pad with reporters at 2 p.m., joined by Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Also at 2 p.m., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Elijah Cummings (Md.) hold a forum on job creation.

Later Monday, the House Rules Committee will consider House Republicans' measure to keep the federal government funded through March 18.

On the Senate side, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will deliver Washington's Farewell Address, followed by consideration of S.23, the Patent Reform Act of 2011, and roll call votes on two judicial nominations.

Also worth keeping an eye on: at 12:30 p.m., House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hold a closed-door lunch at the J.W. Marriott with governors in town for the National Governors Association meeting.

Tuesday, March 1

The House and Senate are in session. The House convenes at 10 a.m. to begin consideration of a stopgap measure that would keep the government funded through March 18 and enact $4 billion cuts. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) holds his pen-and-pad briefing with reporters at 11:30 a.m. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies on the State Department's fiscal year 2012 budget at a State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing.

Among the committee hearings on the Senate side is a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing examining the impact of President Obama's budget request and House Republicans' long-term government funding plan on the Department of Defense. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee also meets to discuss "Breaking the Cycle of North Korean Provocations," and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.

Wednesday, March 2

The House and Senate are in session. The House comes in at 10 a.m. to consider two bills: the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011 and the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011.

Administration officials continue to testify at hearings on the 2012 budget; Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Defense Comptroller Robert Hale testify at a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee, while Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies at a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing.

On the Senate side, Napolitano, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other administration officials testify at hearings on the budget.

Thursday, March 3

The House and Senate are in session. The House meets at 10 a.m. for further consideration of the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011. The lower chamber is slated to wrap up its business for the week by 3 p.m., but that might change depending on how things proceed on the measure to keep the federal government running. Several administration officials are slated to testify at committee hearings on the 2012 budget. The Senate Judiciary Committee also meets at 10 a.m. to mark up Patriot Act legislation.

Friday, March 4

The measure now funding the federal government is set to expire at midnight.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 28, 2011; 10:40 AM ET
 
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Comments

10 a.m.? How about 8 a.m. Get to work, stop behaving like children.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 1, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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