Both chambers of Congress will return to action later this afternoon as the government funding deadline approaches. Action a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through Dec. 20 is expected in both chambers early this week as lawmakers look to avert a funding lapse ahead of Thursday’s deadline. As negotiations for FY 2020 spending continue, early indications are that the spending bill for Energy-Water will likely move first during this end-of-the-year funding blitz.
On the floor for today, House lawmakers are expected to take up six suspension bills out of the Financial Services Committee. This includes: (1) a bill that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program; (2) legislation that seeks to strengthen and permanently authorize the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program; and (3) a measure that would require public companies to disclose annually information on the racial, ethnic, gender, and veteran composition of their boards of directors. Meanwhile, Senators will continue work on presidential nominations, starting with Robert Luck’s nomination to be a Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court.