This Week on the Hill: Senate Closes Out Summer Legislative Session

Senators will reconvene this afternoon as they look to wrap up key legislative priorities ahead of the August recess. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is expected to swiftly call up the House-passed budget deal (textsummary), as the upper chamber will need to hit the ground running in September on the 2020 appropriations process. In addition to a vote on the budget deal, Senators are expected to consider a significant number of presidential nominees prior to adjourning. A full list of nominations up for consideration this week can be accessed here.

Meanwhile, House lawmakers have left Washington for the six-week August recess. The lower chamber will resume legislative business on Monday, Sept. 9.