Congress in Standstill:
Just as Congress narrowly averted a shutdown late last month, the House of Representatives is effectively closed for business after Members voted to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of the House.
Running to replace McCarthy are House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) who will make their cases to their fellow House Republicans today in their conference meeting.
Without a Speaker, the House cannot conduct legislative business despite the bipartisan support for sending aid to Israel after Hamas’ surprise attack against the nation. Also, lawmakers have roughly five weeks to pass a government funding bill or risk shutting down the government.
The Senate is out this week but will return to DC next week.
This week, President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on the ongoing attacks in Israel. He will then give virtual remarks at the U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention & Control.