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The Week Ahead for Congress: Dec. 3 - 7

Bills before Congress: December 3

From our Hill Sources: Congress returns for the first of two scheduled work weeks in December. With no deal in sight to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," both the House and Senate are set to focus on other topics:

The Senate

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

  • S 3354The National Defense Authorization Act: 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.)
  • UNThe 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. The UN treaty vote requires a two-thirds majority. 

The House

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

  • HR 5817The Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, which eases annual privacy policy notice requirements for banks that take certain steps to ensure customer privacy. This bill would eliminate a requirement that bank notify their customers each year about their privacy policies. Under the bill, banks would only have to notify changes in these policies to their customers.
  • 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.
  • S 2367The 21st Century Language Act, which eliminates the word "lunatic" from US code.
  • S 3486The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act, which 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.

Dec. 3, 2012 9:20 AM ET: This post was updated to add a description for H.R. 5817 and to correct the votes required to ratify the UN treaty. (An earlier post incorrectly stated that 60 votes were needed.)

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