The Senate is readying a vote on a stopgap funding measure that would avert a shutdown and fund the government through Nov. 21. Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called up the House-passed continuing resolution (CR) for a vote yesterday, ensuring that numerous key policy riders — including extensions for several expiring health care programs, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Export-Import Bank — will be addressed after the stopgap is signed into law. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet to mark up the fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills for: (1) Interior-Environment; (2) State-Foreign Operations; (3) Commerce-Science-Justice; (4) Homeland Security; and (5) Legislative Branch.
In the lower chamber, House lawmakers are set to pass another bill aimed at reforming policies pertaining to the U.S.-Mexico border. Members will vote on legislation that would direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish uniform processes for medical screening of individuals interdicted between ports of entry. Additionally, the House will take up 11 bills under suspension of the rules. This includes a bill out of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would task the Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to develop a plan to mitigate harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in South Florida.