What Is Congress Doing Now That Recess Is Over?
Congress is back, and topping the agenda this week is passing a continuing resolution to keep the government funded for six more months. Expect House Republicans to take up the CR on Thursday.
The Senate will take up a $5 billion bill that aims to help veterans find jobs on government projects and is expected to confirm the nomination of a federal district judge.
Our colleagues over at National Journal Daily give you an issue-by-issue outlook for the week. Here are some highlights:
- GOP senators could propose delaying tax hikes for one year while Congress studies a tax-code overhaul, but aides say Majority Leader Harry Reid won't allow votes on amendments unrelated to the veterans bill.
- House Republicans have made no indication they'll take up the farm bill before the election.
- Sen. Charles Schumer has suggested another vote on Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan's budget, the aim being to highlight what Democrats argue is the extreme position held by the GOP presidential ticket.
- The House is also considering a vote to establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia in the coming week.
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