House members have been burning the midnight oil this week on a spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. We expect Thursday to be another late night for the chamber, as progress has been plodding on the more than 500 filed amendments to the measure, known as a continuing resolution or CR. Republicans hope to cut at least $100 billion from the president's request for the year.
Complicating the timeline for the CR is a debate and vote on expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, a domestic surveillance law. Certain parts of the anti-terror law are set to expire at the end of the month, though the Senate passed a 90-day extension earlier this week. The House plans to evaluate that plan at some point during the day's floor proceedings
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, fields questions from the press at his weekly press conference at 10:45 a.m. ET.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats hold a media availability at 2:30 p.m. ET to ask Republicans to "show them the jobs." Pelosi and other Dems say that the new majority has not done enough to address job creation and economic growth.
Six months after the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul law, members of the Senate Banking Committee get a status report at 10:00 a.m. ET from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro.
House and Senate committees continue to discuss the president's fiscal year 2012 budget with members of the administration. Thursday Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will do the double, appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee in the morning and it's Senate counterpart in the afternoon. Treasury Secretary Geithner is back at 10:00 a.m. ET, this time he'll be in front of the Senate Budget Committee. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen return as well, they'll be speaking with the Senate Armed Services Committee in the morning.
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