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This week in Congress: Budget from Rep. Ryan, Senate debates JOBS Act

Highway bill, passed by Senate last week, has not be scheduled for House discussion; is stop-gap measure ahead?

The House returns from its district workweek to tackle the fiscal year 2013 budget that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the Budget Committee, will present Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Senate will continue debate on the floor to pass the JOBS Act, with procedural votes scheduled for Tuesday including a measure that would attach contentious language to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

The highway funding bill passed by the Senate last week has not been scheduled for floor action in the House this week, stirring discussions that may lead to a stop-gap spending measure until that legislation can be completed in April.

Wednesday’s House floor action includes the Excess Federal Building and Property Disposal Act to require the selling of excess federal property. On Thursday, the House votes on the Protecting Access to Healthcare Act that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

House hearings Tuesday include a meeting in the Natural Resources Committee to discuss the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial; an oversight hearing on Energy Department stimulus spending by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and the Armed Services Committee will look at recent developments in Afghanistan.

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