House lawmakers have stayed in Washington to close out the week as lawmakers try to complete consideration of a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The measure (H.R. 4) would reauthorize the aviation regulator through the 2023 fiscal year and include disaster-related provisions that would alter Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) policy to give the agency more flexibility in providing grants for infrastructure construction used to mitigate future natural disasters. A final vote on the package is expected later this morning, with House lawmakers likely to depart for a weeklong recess soon thereafter.
The Senate has finished their legislative business for the week yesterday by confirming Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State on a 57-42 vote. The chamber will also be out next week on recess, and is due to return on May 7th to consider a slate of high-level judicial confirmations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has filed cloture on the nominations of six circuit judges, which are the highest federal judicial posts short of the Supreme Court. The first of those nominations, Kurt Engelhard to join the 5th Circuit, will see a cloture vote on the afternoon that lawmakers return to Washington.