Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids schedule this week includes a House-passed budget plan and a small-business bill.
But the bill is still small potatoes relative to the fight over trillions of dollars in the debt limit battle. And other Republican leaders have denounced any cut in tax breaks for oil companies as a tax increase that they say will lead to higher gas prices, not lower.
Reid said that he’d like to move on to a broader energy bill that would include a renewable energy standard but that Republicans are blocking the move in committee.
One wild card is a possible debate and vote on the United States’ involvement in Libya’s civil war. Both parties are split internally on the issue, and party leaders haven’t been in a rush to take action. But backers and foes of U.S. conflict have been drafting resolutions that could be the basis of a debate on the Senate floor.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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