Sunday 21 October 2007

The Week Ahead...

... should be very interesting! On Wednesday the House of Representatives will meet to take evidence from and question the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, on 'US Policy in the Middle East'. In the House of Common's the Modernisation Committee's report on the role of the backbencher will be discussed on Thursday.

Other business -

House of Representatives: 31 bills under the suspensions procedure - plus

H.R. 1011 – Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007 (Rep. Boucher – Natural Resources)
H.R. 1483 – To amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to extend the authorization for certain national heritage areas, and for other purposes (Rep. Regula – Natural Resources)
H.R. 3685 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (Rep. Frank – Education and Labor)
H.R. 505 – Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 (Rep. Abercrombie - Natural Resources)
H.R. 3867 - Small Business Contracting Program Improvements Act (Rep. Velazquez – Small Business)

The Senate will begin the week by resuming consideration of H.R. 3043, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.

At Westminster oustanding bills are moving to their conclusion. The Commons will deal with the remaining states of the Serious Crime Bill, whilst the Lords have the third reading of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill. Outstanding amendments will 'ping-pong' on other bills.