Congress Closing Out 2023
With three working weeks left in the year, Congress returns to Washington this week from its Thanksgiving recess after extending government funding through two “staggered” dates – January 19th and February 2nd by which time Members will need to reach another funding agreement to avoid a shutdown.
However, lawmakers are also working to act sooner than that to pass national defense and FAA reauthorizations and President Biden’s supplemental request for Ukraine, Israel, and border security funding before the end of the year.
The Senate will meet this week to advance presidential nominations, and next week will take up the President’s supplemental request according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
In the House this week, lawmakers will vote on a number of small business- and COVID-19-era loan-related bills.
Meanwhile, both Chambers will hold committee hearings this week, including the following:
- The House Homeland Security Committee will meet to discuss federal, state, and local emergency preparedness coordination in coastal communities
- The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will examine advanced nuclear reactor commercialization
- The House Energy & Commerce Committee will review the Biden Administration’s broadband efforts
This week, President Joe Biden will announce new actions his Administration will take to bolster domestic supply chains and lower inflation.