House lawmakers will reconvene this morning as the lower chamber seeks to check off key legislative priorities. The House is set vote on the minibus package containing the Defense-Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (Labor-HHS) FY 2019 funding bills (H.R. 6157) (bill text; conference report; summary). The Defense-Labor-HHS package will also serve as the vehicle for a continuing resolution (CR) through December 7th — allowing Congress to avert a shutdown and punt decisions on unresolved issues until after the mid-term elections.
The House will also tackle 16 bills under suspension of the rules, including a bill (H.R. 302) that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years. Funding for the FAA — which expires this Sunday — will then need to be addressed by the Senate. However, a timeline for floor action remains unclear. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) said that the Senate could either pass the bill this week (possibly over the weekend) or pass a short-term extension to give Senators more time to consider the sweeping reauthorization bill, followed by a final vote next week.
Meanwhile, the Senate will reconvene this morning and continue its work on presidential nominations. The upper chamber is slated to hold a final confirmation vote on the nomination of Peter Feldman to be Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).