Next Week on the Hill: House to Consider Balanced Budget Amendment; Senate Begins Confirmation Blitz

Congress returns next week after a two-week recess for the Easter and Passover holidays with a rare respite from urgent deadlines. The Senate is expected to begin a whirlwind period of confirmations for presidential nominees when they reconvene on Monday, starting with consideration of Claria Boom to become a U.S. District Judge in Kentucky. The House, which is set to return on Tuesday, is still hammering out their schedule for the week, although reports suggest that lawmakers may take up a resolution backing a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance expenditures with revenues. The resolution would likely only be a messaging exercise as constitutional amendments require supermajorities in both chambers and ratification by three-fourths of state legislatures.