The Senate returns to action today as lawmakers seek to clear an array of high-profile legislative items. When the chamber returns later this afternoon, Senators will immediately proceed to consideration of a bill (H.R.302) that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years. The Senate passed a short-term extension of the current funding levels last Friday in an effort to provide additional time for consideration of the House-passed bill. Additional floor action in the Senate for the balance of the week includes a final vote on the opioid crisis response legislation, which would send the bill to President Trump’s desk for signature into law.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) began the formal process of considering Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination on Friday after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance his nomination. However, a deal was brokered in the Committee to delay a final up-or-down floor vote until the FBI had a week to conduct an investigation into the allegation. President Trump has directed the bureau to proceed with the investigation with instructions to conclude by October 5th— putting Kavanaugh’s nomination in flux until the FBI issues its report.
House lawmakers have left Washington and are not scheduled to be in session until after the November midterm elections.