This Week in Congress: the non-jobs 'JOBS' bill, and non-health 'HEALTH' bill [View all]
The House was not in session last week. They continue on their own merry way with their two weeks in, one week out schedule, uncoordinated with the other house, though that'll put them back in synch temporarily for the Easter/Passover break.
The Senate finally cut a deal on amendments and finished up its surface transportation authorization bill, culminating with a 74-22 vote on final passage, after spending over a month on the floor.
There was also some progress (slow and maddening, of course) made on a raft of judicial nominations. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture motions on seventeen pending but stalled appointments, and was poised to call them up for votes one after the other, but an agreement was reached instead that allowed for votes on 14 of the 17 on a schedule stretched out over the two months. In exchange, Republicans get timely floor consideration for the minor (and bipartisan) financial market deregulation bill recently redubbed the "JOBS Act."