Senate Joins House on Recess, Lawmakers to Return Next Week
How do you feel about this week’s congressional schedule (or lack thereof)?
by This Week in Congress | 4.30.21
What’s happening in Congress?
- The Senate departed the Capitol last Thursday out of session this week, joining the House lawmakers who started their break a week earlier. Both chambers are expected to return for floor business next week. While both chambers will hold a pair of brief pro forma sessions this week for the purpose of avoiding a formal recess that would allow for recess appointments to be made, neither will hold any votes.
- There are several looming priorities that the Democratic majorities in both chambers will look to start working on in the upcoming work period while negotiators discuss whether a bipartisan compromise on some aspects of an infrastructure package is possible.
- Lawmakers in both chambers are set to resume negotiations over police reform in the hope of reaching a deal that can clear the House and Senate by the end of May. Additionally, initial votes on an infrastructure package may occur and the Senate may consider the first judicial nominees put forward by President Joe Biden.
- The Senate will return from an 11-day recess for its next day of floor business on Monday, May 10th.
- It will start the next work period with a procedural vote on the nomination of Andrea Palm to be deputy secretary of health and human services, followed by the consideration of Cynthia Marten’s nomination to be deputy secretary of education.
- No committees will hold hearings this week.
- The House will return from an 18-day recess for its next day of floor business on Tuesday, May 11th.
- Its schedule for the beginning of the next work period is yet to be announced.
- Committees will hold remote hearings on improving government oversight, the crisis in Burma; and the atrocities against Uyghurs and Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, China.
Check below throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
- No votes are expected until Tuesday, May 11th.
- No votes are expected until Monday, May 10th.
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