This week: Congress starts legislative sprints at the end of the year

Lawmakers are returning to Washington, DC, this week for a chaotic final piece of the year as they face an accumulation that could drag into the holidays.

The Senate returns on Monday from the week-long Thanksgiving break, while Parliament will have its first votes for the week on Tuesday.

Both chambers have less than 10 scheduled working days before they are expected to leave the city on December 13 by the end of the year – a timeline that they are guaranteed to blow through as they face a full to-do list despite the shrinking legislation. time schedule.

Public funding

Legislators have until the end of the week to figure out a way to fund the government and avoid a shutdown that would otherwise start on Saturday, December 4th.

Congress previously passed a stop-gap bill, known as an ongoing resolution (CR), to fund the government from October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year 2022, through December 3.

Although management is expected to use another CR to avoid a shutdown in December, they have not yet said how long the stop-gap bill will be. They have until the end of Friday to pass the bill and get it done President BidenJoe BidenThe bid on Monday provides an update on the US response to the omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights the first candle in the National Menorah Ignition Ceremony MORE‘s desk for his signature.

There has been disagreement among Democrats and between Parliament and the Senate over the length of the stop-gap funding law.

Chairman of House Grants Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroTwo women could lead a powerful Senate spending panel for the first time in history Democrats are struggling to figure out a shutdown strategy Democrats accept Manchin and make renewed push for family leave MORE (D-Conn.) backs a short-term sustainable solution it goes no further than December in an attempt to keep pressure on Republicans to negotiate a major financial 2022 funding deal.

But Republicans are also skeptical that they will be able to reach an agreement with the Democrats on a major full-year funding deal before the end of December, given the months-long stalemate between the top appropriations over the larger deal.

The Democrats have not specified a date for how long a week-long CR would run, but have thought that it could fund the government for approx. hole bill.

But other top Democrats, who see a backed-up year-end calendar that doesn’t provide much space, are backing a longer bill that will fund the government in late February or March. It would prevent Congress from having to vote twice on state aid in one month.

Defense bill

The Senate hopes to finalize a massive defense policy bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, this week.

Senators left the city before the Thanksgiving holiday after failing to reach an agreement on votes on 18 amendments to the comprehensive bill, including votes on whether or not women should be required to sign up for the selective service and repeal of the permit from the Iraq war of 2002.

More GOP senators blocked the amendments because their proposed amendments were not included among the 18 amendments that would have received a vote under the agreement.

Instead, the Senate formally agreed to start a debate on the bill during a short Friday session, and Democrats began the process of bringing the debate on the bill to a speedy conclusion.

The Senate is scheduled to take an initial vote Monday at 6 p.m. 17.30 to begin settling the bill, with 60 votes needed to overcome the first hurdle.

Build a better bill back

The bid’s expense bill is being moved to the Senate after House Democrats passed the climate and social spending package shortly before the Thanksgiving break.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration is growing over stagnant voting rights Schumer mourns the death of ‘amazing’ father Feehery: The honest counter MORE (DN.Y.) has not yet said when he will bring the bill to the floor, though Democrats want to get it to Biden’s desk before the end of the year.

Senate Democrats working on several amendments to the bill, including on state and local tax (SALT) deduction ceilings and climate change programs. Negotiations are also underway to arrive at a paid leave program that can unite all 50 Democrats.

Democrats need total unity from all 50 of their members to be able to pass the bill through reconciliation, a budget process that lets them bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster.

But it also gives each member of the caucus a huge influence to try to demand changes to the bill before a final vote.

Dens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinKlobuchar’s convincing expense bill will be completed before Christmas Democratic frustration is growing over stagnant voting rights Key senators to look at Democrats’ law on social spending MORE (DW.Va.) has raised concerns about parts of the tax deduction for electric vehicles as well as the methane emissions tax, although Democratic lawmakers have negotiated with him to try to find a deal on both fronts.

Republicans are also expected to challenge the language that allows Medicare to negotiate some drug prices, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to look at Democrats’ law on social spending Five Ways the Senate Can Change Biden’s Expenditure Plan MORE (I-Vt.), Who chairs the Budget Committee, also promises to try to expand Medicare to cover vision and dentistry.

Democrats also need formal guidance from the parliamentarian on whether their latest immigration plan, which will give 6.5 million foreign nationals a temporary probationary status, which will give them five years of work and travel permits, complies with Senate budget rules.

If the Senate judge finds out it does not, activist groups are urging Senate Democrats to put someone in the chair to preside over the debate that would ignore the guidance of lawmakers.

Republicans can also use the debate on the bill, once it is on the floor, to force votes on any changes to the legislation that they want. Many of these changes could be added to the bill by a simple majority, meaning they only need to peel off a Democratic senator to be successful.

Any changes made by the Senate will force the bill to go back to Parliament and be adopted a second time.


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