U.S. Senate's Schedule for Week & GOP Leader McConnell Reacts to Supreme Court Taking Up ObamaCare

Note the following information from the office of the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky regarding what is happening in the United States Senate this week.  Note his statement in the press release below with his reaction to the decision by the United States Supreme Court to hear arguments next March regarding the socialized medicine scheme called ObamaCare: 

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(Yesterday) the Senate resume(d) consideration of HR 2354, the Energy and Water appropriation bill which, if a consent agreement is reached, will also include Financial Services and State and Foreign Ops appropriation bills.

At 12:00 pm, on Tuesday, the Senate will proceed to vote on Executive Calendar #354, Sharon L. Gleason, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska and Executive Calendar #355, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.

As a reminder, the (Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government) expires this Friday, November 18th, so the Senate will have to act on another short term CR into December this week.

House and Senate conferees are still working on the conference report to accompany HR 2112 (first minibus). It is possible the CR will be included in this measure.

A look ahead….

Leader Reid has indicated that he plans to bring the Defense Authorization bill to the floor next.

The Senate will need to have a vote on a Balanced Budget amendment at some point by the end of the year. Additional appropriations bills are expected after the Thanksgiving recess. Nominations and additional stimulus items are also possible. The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is required to report any recommendations by November 23rd, and the House and Senate would be required to act by December 23rd if any recommendations are put forth.

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McConnell on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Challenge to Obama Health Care Law

‘Americans have rejected the law’s mandate that they must buy government-approved health insurance, and I hope the Supreme Court will do the same’

 
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Supreme Court’s announcement today that it had agreed to hear a challenge to President Obama’s health care law:

“Throughout the debate, Senate Republicans have argued that this misguided law represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional expansion of the federal government into the daily lives of every American. Most Americans agree. In both public surveys and at the ballot box, Americans have rejected the law’s mandate that they must buy government-approved health insurance, and I hope the Supreme Court will do the same.”