Last week, Congress came back from a seven-week recess and had to tackle a number of difficult issues before they leave at the end of September. The biggest issue that both chambers must address is the September 30 deadline for a Continuing Resolution to keep the government running.
Both chambers have different ideas on how they want to move forward. The Senate is looking to do a short-term patch until December 9, which would create a reason to have a lame duck session after the election. The House is still uncertain on how it wants to move forward, but conservatives in the chamber want a six-month omnibus until March. The Senate will continue with their plan and have the continuing resolution done by the end of this week. This will leave the House to take up the continuing resolution next week and finish up by the deadline.
Early last week, the Senate attempted to work on a defense spending bill that stalled before the recess. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) teed up a cloture vote to move the bill forward, but Senate Democrats voted it down due to language in the bill that they say would attack women’s health and Planned Parenthood. After this failed, McConnell moved on to the Water Resources Development Act, which is expected to be finished early this week.
In the House, they moved forward with some SEC legislative issues. House Republicans also introduced legislation that is follows from the “A Better Way” platform the released during the summer.