The House and the Senate are back in Washington convening the first week of the post-election session. Both chambers are expected to be in town until Friday, and then return the week of November 26th. The target adjournment date is December 14, but don’t be the least bit surprised if that slips into the following week or even further as Congress consider how to address the fiscal cliff and other end of year measures.
On Tuesday, the House convened and considered bills under suspension of the rules. On Wednesday, the House is considering additional bills under suspension of the rules.
Later in the week, the House will consider H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012.
The Senate also convened on Tuesday to resume consideration of S.3525, the "Sportsmen Act of 2012." At 5:30 p.m. the Senate conducted a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to S.3525. The Senate may also consider the “Cybersecurity Act of 2012” (S. 3414).
Behind the scenes, caucus meetings and leadership elections will be held, although the House Democrats have postponed their elections to the week of November 26th.
On Wednesday, the Senate Banking Committee is holding a hearing titled, "Oversight of Basel III: Impact of Proposed Capital Rules." Slated to testify are Michael Gibson, director of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation; John Lyons, chief national bank examiner in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and George French, deputy director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Policy, Division of Risk Management Supervision.
On Thursday, the Senate Select Committee on Aging will hold a hearing on "America's Invisible Epidemic: Preventing Elder Financial Abuse." Slated to testify are Kay Brown, director of education, workforce and income security at the Government Accountability Office; Hubert "Skip" Humphrey III, assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Older Americans and member of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, Washington, D.C.; Paul Smocer, president, BITS, Financial Services Roundtable, Washington, D.C.; Paul Greenwood, deputy district attorney, Head of Elder Abuse Unit, Family Protection Division, San Diego, Calif.