This Week on the Hill: Senators Resume Legislative Business Following Impeachment Trial

February 10, 2020

Congress will return to action today as lawmakers begin to formulate a post-impeachment agenda. In the upper chamber, Senators are expected to take up a “War Powers” resolution that would require President Donald Trump to withdraw any troops from military hostilities against Iran within 30 days. The resolution is expected to pass at some point this week after four GOP Senators — Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Todd Young (R-IN) — announced their support for the effort. Meanwhile, Senators will resume consideration of pending presidential nominations, starting with the nomination of Andrew Brasher to be Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court.

On the House floor this week, lawmakers will consider a package of public lands bills out of the Natural Resources Committee aimed at designating 1.36 million square miles of new wilderness areas throughout the U.S. The lower chamber will also consider a joint resolution that would eliminate the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. For today, the House will take up nine suspension bills out of the Homeland Security Committee, including legislation that would mandate a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) evaluation on existing federal approaches to identify and mitigate climate change.