House to Take Up Labor Issues Next Week

Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:58pm

In addition to counting presidential electoral votes and setting its internal rules for the 111th Congress, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced Friday that two labor-related bills will come to the floor when the House convenes next week.

Hoyer said the House will consider the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, sponsored by Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), and the Paycheck Fairness Act, sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).

The Ledbetter bill passed the House in the 110th Congress, but was blocked in the Senate when supporters fell four votes short, 56-42, of invoking cloture to limit debate on the measure, which was strongly opposed by the Republican leadership.

The second bill also passed the House but stalled in the Senate.

The House is expected to consider its internal rules package on Tuesday and a joint session of Congress will count electoral ballots for president and vice president on Thursday.

Hoyer said two suspension bills – the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act and the Presidential Records Act, both sponsored by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) – also will be on the floor.