This week, the Senate is in session and the House is in recess but will return next week. In the Senate, work will continue work on confirming judges.
On Tuesday, November 10, Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee released 12 appropriations bills in advance of lame duck session negotiations with House Democrats over how to fund the government once the continuing resolution expires on December 11. Both House and Senate leadership have indicated that they want an omnibus spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2021 and not another stopgap measure.
A path forward on coronavirus stimulus legislation remains unclear, however both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have expressed interest in moving a package forward.
Next week, Members-elect of the House of Representatives participate in New Member Orientation and House leadership elections will take place for both Democrats and Republicans for the 117th Congress.
Following Thanksgiving recess weeks, the House is scheduled to be in session Tuesday, December 1 through Friday, December 4 and Monday, December 7 through Thursday, December 10. The Senate Calendar has the Senate in session through Friday, December 18.