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Eye on Congress, September 9, 2020

Date: September 8, 2020

The House and Senate returned to Washington this week. Topping the congressional agenda for September are a stopgap government funding for fiscal year 2021 beginning on October 1, coronavirus relief, and moving forward on legislation extending surface transportation reauthorization, which expires on September 30.


Both parties are negotiating on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. The House passed 10 of its 12 bills prior to August recess, but the Senate has not moved on any bills and cancelled markups earlier this year when agreements could not be reached to limit amendments. The CR is expected to keep the government funded at least through a post-election, lame duck session. That could be extended into next year if either chamber or the White House switches party control.


The House, based on the updated calendar for September, will focus on committee work this week and resume voting next week.


Yesterday, the Senate introduced a new targeted coronavirus relief package focused on healthcare, education, and economic issues. According to a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), the Senate could vote on this package as soon as this week.


Upcoming hearings of interest include today’s Senate Banking hearing on “The Status of the Federal Reserve Emergency Lending Facilities” and today’s House Small Business hearing on “Transparency in Small Business Lending.” On Friday, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on “Consequences of Inaction on COVID Tax Legislation.”

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