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This Week on the Hill, January 7 - January 11, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: TCAA Staff
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HOUSE

The House returns at noon on Tuesday and begins legislative business at 2 p.m. It will mark Day 18 of the funding fight that has led to approximately a quarter of the federal government to shut down. As it stands, the partial government shutdown is spilling into its third week with no signs of progress in the latest round of talks to fully reopen the government. Vice President Pence and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen met with leadership staffers in back-to-back meetings over the weekend. Insiders tell us that no progress was made, however, and that the group isn’t scheduled to meet again.
 
Democrats are expected to begin passing individual appropriations bills to reopen the remaining government agencies, starting with spending bills that cover the Treasury Department and IRS, that will fund the agencies through September 30. The House Rules Committee will consider the bills on Tuesday, followed by floor action.
 
House Democrats are also planning to formally vote Wednesday on a standalone resolution affirming the House’s intervention in the lawsuit aiming to strike down the ACA.

 

SENATE

The Senate convenes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and resumes consideration of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act, a bill that would impose sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and bolster cooperation with Israel and Jordan.
 
Similar to the House, most of this week’s attention in the Senate will be focused on ending the partial government shutdown. Senate Republicans and President Trump have said that they would not support a funding package passed by the House last week that included six full-year appropriations bills and a continuing resolution through February 8 for the Department of Homeland Security. The president has said he will not sign a funding bill unless it provides money for his proposed wall along the border of Mexico; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he will not bring a bill to the floor that the president won’t sign


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