Late last Friday, President Donald Trump signed the seven-week continuing resolution (CR) (HR 4378) that Senate lawmakers cleared last week prior to breaking for the Columbus Day district work period. The measure punts the impending government funding deadline until Nov. 21 and extends key expiring authorizations — including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), and a slate of expiring health care programs.
The Week in Review
After the Senate cleared (81-16) the House-passed continuing resolution, President Donald Trump signed the stopgap funding bill into law ahead of the Sept. 30 government funding deadline to temporarily avert a shutdown. The CR pushes the funding deadline to Nov. 21 while also ensuring that numerous key policy riders — including extensions for several expiring health care programs, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Export-Import Bank — are addressed prior to the deadline. In other notable FY 2020 spending news, the Senate Appropriations Committee cleared funding bills for: (1) Interior-Environment; (2) State-Foreign Operations; (3) Commerce-Science-Justice; (4) Homeland Security; and (5) Legislative Branch during a markup last week.
After a busy month that saw significant action on appropriations and a push towards impeachment proceedings, House lawmakers have convened to wrap up legislative business for September. On the floor, the House will consider a suspension bill out of the Homeland Security Committee that would authorize a Joint Task Force aimed at improving the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to detect and interdict synthetic opioids and narcotics. Lawmakers are also poised to take up a Senate-passed resolution (S.J.Res. 54) that would terminate President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on the southern border.
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.
House lawmakers are expected to take up groundbreaking legislation under suspension of the rules today that would open up banking to cannabis companies. In a move aimed at getting the bill through the GOP-controlled Senate, House Democrats tacked on provisions to the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act that would prevent a revival of the Obama-era program known as "Operation Choke Point," and clarify that institutions doing business with hemp companies will not face scrutiny under federal law. Also on the House floor, lawmakers will consider a bill that would restrict family separation policies and Customs and Border Protection transfer rules.
Senate appropriators will meet to consider another batch of fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills today. The measures for Interior-Environment, Commerce-Science-Justice (CJS), and Homeland Security will be marked up in their respective subcommittees today ahead of the full committee markup on Thursday. While the Interior-Environment and CJS measures are expected to pass with bipartisan support, the Homeland Security bill has already highlighted points of contention between both parties over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall request and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds. The schisms over border security priorities are reminiscent of those that spurred a 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year.
Congress is set to close out the September legislative work session this week as Senators look to clinch a deal on a stopgap funding resolution. At some point later this week, the Senate is expected to take action on a continuing resolution (CR) that would punt the government funding deadline beyond Sept. 30. However, it remains to be seen if Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will call up the House-passed CR or if the Senate offers its own version — leaving the fate of the dozens of policy riders that have been tacked on to the lower chamber’s bill up in the air. Off the floor, the Senate Appropriations Committee will meet to consider the fiscal year (FY) 2020 spending bills for Interior-Environment, Commerce-Science-Justice, and the Legislative Branch.
The Week in Review
Lawmakers completed a busy week of legislative business that saw significant action on fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations priorities. In the House, lawmakers passed a continuing resolution (CR) (text; summary) that would punt the deadline to fund the federal government for fiscal year (FY 2020) until Nov. 21. The bill includes a host of policy riders designed to address pressing deadlines for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and numerous expiring health programs. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee continued its work on FY 2020 spending bills, passing measures for Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD), and Agriculture.