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June 6, 2007

Senate Schedule for June 2007

CQ Today: Senate to Focus on Energy Legislation, Defense Authorization This Month
Energy legislation and the annual defense authorization bill — including an amendment to begin a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq — will dominate the Senate floor between now and the Fourth of July recess, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday.

Senators returned this week from their Memorial Day recess, during which they got an earful from constituents. Reid said, “There are two issues that are foremost in their minds: No. 1 is the Iraq War and No. 2 are gas prices. We’re going to deal with that as soon as we finish with this immigration legislation.” ...

Reid said that once the immigration debate ends, there will be an effort to proceed to a “no confidence” vote on Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. ...

Not all the action between now and the July Fourth recess, which is scheduled to begin at the end of this month, will come on the floor.

Reid noted that Congress is close to clearing legislation (S 5) that would expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, and he said, “We expect to complete the conference in the next week or so on 9/11 commission recommendations.”

The House passed its version of the bill (HR 1) by 299-128 on Jan. 9; the Senate passed its own measure (S 4) by 66-38 (correcting CQ) on March 13.

In addition, Reid said, “We also believe that we are very close to being able to complete the conference on the ethics and lobbying reform.”

The Senate passed its lobbying overhaul (S 1) by 96-2 on Jan. 18, while the House passed its version (HR 2316) on May 24 by 396-22.

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