End of First Week of the 113th Congress

Following the swearing in ceremonies and the opening of offices, Congress is likely to finish the first week of the 113th Congress by bringing up a disaster aid package for states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Once the House acts, the Senate is expected to approve the measure. There will also be a joint session of Congress at 1PM to count the Electoral College votes, officially bringing to an end the 2012 presidential election by declaring President Obama the victor. The Senate and the House will be in recess next week.
House Floor:
When the House reconvenes at 10AM this morning, it will consider disaster relief for states affected by Sandy. The bill will raise the government’s borrowing authority by $9.7 billion for flood insurance to enable it to continue paying damage claims. When the House returns, it will consider $17.3 billion in short-term emergency relief for Sandy.
Senate Floor:
The Senate will convene at 12:30PM before the joint session and could then clear the flood insurance legislation by unanimous consent later in the day pending action by the House and the ability to reach consent in the Senate.

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