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Today at a Glance: Dec. 30, 2012

Entering into weekend discussions, congressional leaders are making a last-ditch effort to avoid across-the-board tax increases scheduled to take effect Jan 1.

After a White House meeting Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said they would try to negotiate a bipartisan agreement by Sunday.

Both chambers are scheduled to be in session Sunday.

The Senate will vote on two nominations, and then it will recess to hold caucus meetings to discuss a potential fiscal cliff proposal.

The House votes on 13 measures under suspension of the rules, including three veterans bills. Twelve of the bills, if passed, would be cleared for the president’s signature.

In addition, House Rules chairman David Dreier said his committee might meet as early as Sunday to lay the groundwork for quick consideration of a fiscal cliff deal. A Sunday Rules meeting would set the voting terms for a deal that could be on the House floor as early as Monday.

The next print edition of Roll Call will be published Jan. 3. Follow for the latest developments.


Convenes 2 p.m. Sunday.

Votes expected at 6:30 p.m.

Under suspension of the rules:

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 4057
— Education opportunities for veterans

S 3202
— Dignified burial of veterans

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 6328
— Donating unclaimed clothing at airport security checkpoints to veterans organizations

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 4212
— Drywall safety

S 3472
— Changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 2076
— Authority for federal agencies to help state and local law enforcement in certain violent crimes

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 6029
— Foreign and economic espionage penalties

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 6621
—Changes to patent system overhaul

S 3331
— Adoption accreditation

S 2318
— International crime

S J Res 44
— Emergency management cooperation compact

HR 3159
— Guidelines for U.S. foreign assistance programs

Concur in the Senate Amendment to
HR 6364
— World War I Memorial


Convenes 1 p.m. Sunday.

Roll call votes expected.

NominationsCarol J. Galante to be assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development and William Joseph Baer to be an assistant Attorney General

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