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Today at a Glance: Dec. 13, 2012

The House will consider several bills under suspension of the rules, including on waste and abuse in government spending, Government Accountability Office mandates and the D.C. courts. The chamber also expects a motion to go to conference on the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill.

The Senate will resume consideration of a bill that would extend for two years the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Transaction Account Guarantee program, which provides unlimited deposit insurance coverage for non-interest-bearing transaction accounts. A vote on a cloture motion is scheduled for noon, but a budgetary point of order also may be raised.


Convenes at 9 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Under suspension of the rules:

HR 4053 — Preventing waste, fraud and abuse in federal spending

S 3315 — Modifying GAO mandates

S 1379 — D.C. courts and public defenders

Motion to go to conference

HR 4310 — Fiscal 2013 defense authorization


Convenes at 9:30 a.m.

Roll call votes expected:

S 3637 — FDIC Transaction Account Guarantee program


House Judiciary markup of a resolution directing the attorney general to give Congress any documents about the practice of targeted killing of U.S. citizens and targets abroad. 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn

Senate Judiciary markup of two bills, one on location tracking of electronic devices and another on prescription medication distribution for nursing home residents; also votes on pending nominations. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen

Hearing Highlights

House Financial Services hearing on the Volcker rule. 9 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the high-speed and intercity passenger rail program. 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing on the health care overhaul’s exchanges and Medicaid expansion. 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

Senate Finance hearing on care for dually eligible beneficiaries. 10 a.m. Dec. 13, 215 Dirksen

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing on response to Hurricane Sandy. 10 a.m., 428-A Russell

Senate Foreign Relations closed briefing on the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. 2 p.m., SVC-217 Capitol Visitor Center

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