The Week Ahead in Congress

In the Senate
The Senate is in session beginning Monday. It will take up:

  • The National Defense Authorization Act (S 3354): According to Hill Sources, The Senate made significant progress on this bill last week, by disposing of dozens of amendments. On Monday, the Senate will hold a vote to end debate on the bill, and could pass the bill by the end of the week.)
  • The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): Last week, the Senate debated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote on this treaty, which commits signatories to ensuring equal rights and accessibility for people with disabilities. A few dozen Republicans have said they are opposed to considering this treat in the lame duck session, but if no one else joins that group, the Senate will be able to find the 60 votes needed for passage.)

In the House
The House has a short week, and will only work until Wednesday on up to eight suspension bills:

  • The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (HR 5817): eases annual privacy policy notice requirements for banks that take certain steps to ensure customer privacy.
  • HR 6223: Amending current law so that time served abroad by certain U.S. officials will be counted as time served in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization.
  • HR 6582: Amending the American Energy Manufacturing Act to allow manufacturers to use alternative technology to meet energy efficiency goals.
  • HR 6602: Making technical changes to U.S. code dealing patriotic and national observances and ceremonies. – 
  • HR 6605: Eliminating a reporting requirement for an unfunded DNA identification grant program. – 
  • HR 6620: Eliminating some limitations on the length of Secret Service Protection for former Presidents and for the children of former Presidents.
  • The 21st Century Language Act (S 2367): eliminates the word “lunatic” from US code. – 
  • The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act (S 3486): amends patent law to implement the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, and the Patent Law Treaty. Both treaties were ratified by the Senate in 2007. –