It’s an incredibly short legislative week in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Capitol prepares for the papal visit.
The House will remain out of session until Thursday morning when it reconvenes in a joint meeting with the Senate to receive Pope Francis, making him the first pontiff ever to address a joint session of Congress. His highly anticipated speech will be broadcast around the world.
For the balance of the week, the House will consider 11 bills under suspension of the rules. Ten of these are bills to name post offices or other federal buildings. A full list of bills can be found here.
On the floor this week:
H.R. 348: the Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development (RAPID) Act. The bill is intended to expedite the environmental review and permitting processes for federally funded projects, by limiting the grounds for civil actions filed against an environmental review or permit approval.
There are no House hearings scheduled in Washington this week.