That's beltway-speak for a closed 'mark-up session' on THE SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS’ HEALTH CARE ACT (pdf).
I have no clue how this will play in Washington. Evidently the bill includes extra funding for Iraq and Afghanistan but adds a shopping/wish list of Democratic proposals. So it's needed, but another title could be 'How many ways can we piss off the President?'
Tucked way in the bottom, under "OTHER ITEMS" is this:
Minimum Wage: Includes the increase to the minimum wage and related small business tax cuts passed by the House earlier this year.
It looks like we've all got the weekend plus the time difference to figure out what that means.
A few hours later... Radio New Zealand International is reporting that the new legislation includes American Samoa. That can't be good for the chances of a wage board here.
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin reportedly says "the House Committee on Education and Labor and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, still have control, or jurisdiction, over the minimum wage portion of the Emergency Supplemental Bill."