Work continues in the Senate on a nearly $60 billion emergency supplemental spending bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has filed a cloture motion to end debate on the bill. Seen as must-pass legislation, the Senate hopes to have a final vote before the Memorial Day recess.
To that end, Reid and Sen. Jack Reid, D-R.I., plan to hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. ET to discuss the supplemental’s importance in securing needed resources for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Military veterans will take to the Hill in the morning to ask for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. As early as Thursday, the House and Senate may take up an amendment to their supplemental spending bills that would rescind the law, pending the approval of a Pentagon study due December 1.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appears before the House Natural Resources Committee at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP may try another method, known as a “top kill,” to plug the leak as early as Wednesday.
Democrats continue to sell the health care bill passed this year and combat what they perceive as misconceptions about what the bill does and does not do. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discuss the interactions between the health care bill and Medicare with seniors groups at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the efficacy of the line-item veto. A legislative proposal that seems to come around every four to eight years, the power is now being considered by lawmakers and the White House as a way to cut spending from the federal budget. Critics charge that the line-item veto hasn’t passed Constitutional muster in the past and wouldn’t deal with entitlement spending, which is a much larger portion of the budget than the discretionary spending that the veto would limit.
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