The Senate currently has no significant hearings or markups scheduled. The Senate is set to convene at 5 PM EDT on Monday, and begin consideration of the nomination of Mary Geiger Lewis, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. The Farm Bill (S. 3240) is technically on the Senate's calendar for the week; however, whether or not it is actually considered depends on if a deal can be reached within the next day that will set a limit on the number of amendments (germane and not) to be considered and that clears the way for passage of the Senate’s version of the legislation by week's end. If not, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will likely pull the bill, rather than attempt and fail at a cloture vote.
The U.S. House is back in session this week, after a one-week recess, and has scheduled several hearings and legilstion markup sessions with a direct or indirect impact on Mississippi River Basin water resources. They include (with links to the respective hearing or meeting web page):
- House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Endangered Species Act, entitled "Taxpayer-Funded Litigation: Benefiting Lawyers and Harming Species, Jobs and Schools;" 10 AM, Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building
- House Appropriations Committee markup of the markup of the agriculture and transportation appropriations bills ; 10:15 AM, Room 2359 Rayburn House Office Building