Congress Returns from Recess
The Senate returns to DC this week from its month-long August recess, with the House to follow next week.
Members have a lengthy agenda to attend to in the coming weeks, including passing a government funding package by September 30th to avoid a shutdown. Senate appropriators have marked up all 12 of their appropriations bills with floor votes pending, while the House is expected to consider its Defense and Homeland Security bill next week.
The White House has formally asked Congress for a temporary stopgap measure that would extend funding past the shutdown date to give lawmakers more time to negotiate a full funding agreement – something the leaders of both Chambers have supported.
Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to take up Federal Reserve nominees this week and will begin voting on other executive and judicial nominees in the weeks ahead.
President Joe Biden returns to Washington after touring Hurricane Idalia wreckage in Florida and giving a speech commemorating Labor Day in Philadelphia.
This week, he will award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Captain Larry L. Taylor for conspicuous gallantry.