Congress Faces Votes to Avoid Gov’t Shutdown, Pass Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill as Dems Negotiate Spending Plan
How do you feel about this week’s congressional schedule?
What’s happening in Congress?
- Congress is set to have one of its busiest weeks in recent memory with significant votes expected in both chambers as lawmakers look to avoid a government shutdown from occurring on Friday, October 1st. Meanwhile, Democrats are looking to finalize and bring their $3.5 trillion social spending plan using reconciliation. The major items that may come up for votes in one or both chambers include:
Continuing Resolution + Debt Limit + Disaster Relief
- The Senate on Monday is expected to take a procedural vote to advance a bill that would avoid a shutdown on Friday by funding the government through December 3rd; in addition to providing funding for disaster relief and Afghan evacuee resettlement; and suspending the debt limit until mid-December 2022.
- House Democrats passed the bill on a party-line vote of 220-211, and the procedural vote in the Senate is expected to fall short of the 60 vote threshold needed to overcome the filibuster. Republicans oppose the inclusion of the debt limit suspension in the bill but have signaled a willingness to support a stopgap continuing resolution that includes funding for disaster relief and Afghan resettlement.
- The Treasury Dept. projects that the debt limit will need to be raised by mid-October or mid-November or the government won’t be able to fulfill its obligations. That would give Democrats at least a few weeks to revise their budget resolution to produce a new reconciliation bill that simply raises the debt limit, which could then pass Congress along party-lines through the fast-track process.
- Both chambers of Congress may end up voting on a “clean” continuing resolution that funds the government for a short-term period of time (possibly until December 3rd) to allow negotiations on full-year FY2022 funding to continue, in addition to emergency funding. Passing a clean CR will require unanimous consent in the Senate to bypass usual procedural rules related to cloture, so leadership may grant amendment votes to speed the process up.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
- After the Senate passed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on a 69-30 vote in early August, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reached an agreement with moderate Democrats to hold a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package by September 27th to allow for the passage of Democrats’ budget resolution to use reconciliation for a $3.5 trillion spending plan. The bipartisan infrastructure package also includes an extension of surface transportation programs that fund highway projects and other federal initiatives that would otherwise expire after September 30th.
- That vote is expected to be pushed back to Thursday because Democratic leadership and progressives have insisted that the bipartisan infrastructure bill be passed alongside the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which hasn’t been finalized, and if it does occur, whether progressives will block it. For their part, moderates insist that the bipartisan bill should come up this week and warn they will oppose the $3.5 trillion spending plan if progressives block the Senate-passed infrastructure bill.
- Democrats require the support of all 50 of their senators and can only lose three votes in the House and still pass the reconciliation bill, so Democratic leadership has their work cut out for them this week as they negotiate the timing of votes and the content of their spending plan.
Democrats’ Reconciliation Plan
- House Budget Committee Democrats marked up a 2,400-page version of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending plan, known as the Build Back Better Act over the weekend, although it leaves the committee as more of a rough draft than a finished product.
- The bill is expected to change before it reaches the floor because its myriad details will need to satisfy moderate and progressive Democrats alike, and it’s unclear how quickly it will receive a vote in either chamber.
- Even if the House takes up and passes yet-to-be finalized Democrats’ Build Back Better Act this week, it likely won’t receive a vote in the Senate this week due to the chamber’s procedural requirements for reconciliation bills.
- The Senate meets Monday for the procedural vote on House Democrats’ stopgap funding, debt limit, and disaster relief bill, which is expected to fail.
- Its schedule for the rest of the week is yet to be announced, but further votes are expected, potentially over the weekend.
- Committees will hold hearings on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and future counterterrorism operations with testimony from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley; Texas’s abortion law; and reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The House convenes Monday and may vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package, although that may be postponed until later in the week.
- Committees will hold hearings on globalization’s impact on economic disparity; the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 20 years after 9/11; and expanding abortion rights.
Check below throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 6:30pm
- Debate on Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Tuesday after 12pm
- H.R. 4250 – War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act Passed 412-9.
- H.R. 1228 – Libya Stabilization Act, as amended Passed 386-35.
- H.R. 1693: EQUAL Act Passed 361-66.
- H.R. 4981 –To amend the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, to modify certain deadlines relating to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Passed 410-14.
- H.R. 4686 – Cambodia Democracy Act of 2021, as amended Passed 403-17.
- H.R. 2617: Performance Enhancement Reform Act, as amended Passed 414-10.
- S. 848: Consider Teachers Act of 2021 Passed 406-16.
- H.R. 1154: Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act Passed 391-36.
Wednesday after 12pm
- House Amendment to S. 1301: Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit Passed 219-212.
- H.R. 4611: DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021, as amended
- H.R. 4089: Darren Drake Act, as amended Vote postponed.
- S. 1917: K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 4094: One-Stop Pilot Program Act of 2021, as amended Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 4682: UAS Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 4426 – Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 4363 – DHS Contract Reporting Act of 2021, as amended Passed by voice vote.
- H.R. 1204: District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, as amended Failed 259-170 (two-thirds majority required under suspension of the rules).
Thursday after 12pm
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Vote postponed.
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 5305: Continuing Resolution Passed 254-175.
- H.R. 3533: To establish occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management, and for other purposes, as amended Passed 416-9.
Possible Consideration (under suspension of the rules)
- H.R. 1029: Free Veterans from Fees Act
- H.R. 3599: Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, as amended
- H.R. 978: Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act of 2021, as amended
- S. 2382: To authorize the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the Federal Government on nonreimbursable basis, and for other purposes
Friday after 9am
- H.R. 5434: Surface Transportation Authorization 30-Day Extension Passed 365-51.
- Consideration of the H.R. ???: Build Back Better Plan
- H.R. 3110: PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act
- H.R. 3992: POJA Act of 2021
- H.R. 2119: Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021
- Additional legislative items are possible.
Monday after 5:30pm
- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 5305: Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act Not invoked 48-50.
Tuesday after 11:30am
- Confirmation of Karen Donfried to be Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs Confirmed 73-26.
- Confirmation of Monica Medina to be Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Confirmed 61-36.
- Confirmation of Mary Phee to be Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Confirmed 67-31.
- Confirmation of Todd Robinson to be Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Confirmed 53-41.
Wednesday after 10:30am
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 5305: Continuing Resolution Passed 65-35.
- Confirmation of Jessica Lewis to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Confirmed 70-27.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Robert Anderson to be Solicitor General of the Dept. of the Interior Invoked 52-46.
- Confirmation of Robert Anderson to be Solicitor General of the Dept. of the Interior
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Jonathan Meyer to be General Counsel of the Dept. of Homeland Security Invoked 52-46.
- Motion to proceed to S. 1301: Debt Limit Suspension Agreed to 50-43.
- Confirmation of Rohit Chopra to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Confirmed 50-48.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management Invoked 50-48.
- Confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management Confirmed 50-45.
- H.R. 5434: Surface Transportation Authorization 30-Day Extension Passed by unanimous consent.
- To be announced.
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Write all the names down of those that vote to shut down and go home early so we can publish them and get them out of government! The agenda is full and needs their attention. If they'd rather go home they certainly should............just never come back!
These Democrats have to be stopped before we have no country left to call America
I want a honest breakdown and I will call it out
Andy: Thanks my friend. I have no 'pride of authorship' and do not mind anyone sending comments that may be helpful to anyone else. You can certainly send anything you may find helpful to anyone that you like. We are really at an important juncture where changes are desperately needed and I like to quote your fellow Texan BO, who sometime ago came up with this great philosophical comment: 'The status quo has got to go'. Peace!
You know, the Reconciliation Bill is budgeted at $3.5 Trillion over ten years or $350 Billion per year. It is widely supported by all voting demographics, including 70% of all WV voters. Manchin is holding out for $1.5 Trillion. Here is a compromise that meets all the objectives. Let’s go for $1.75 Trillion over 5 years or $350 Billion per year. Everybody gets what they say they want and need. The electorate’s will is honored for at least five years. Before the five years is up, I am certain that there will be lessons learned which will need correction. There will be more of our youthful voters coming of age and they are generally concerned about their futures and will be more concerned as the Climate Crisis continues to worsen and much more funding may be required to complete and augment that which would be started today. McConnell and other fossilized Republican Faction members will be history and we may actually have legislators wanting to legislate instead just enrich themselves. … … … If the Dems can get this done, it should be a great help in keeping the trump inspired Republican Faction under control. Meanwhile, let’s threaten to start ethics violations for Sinema to get her expelled from the Senate for initiating fund raisers from corporate interests who want to stop the Biden agenda. In her case, I believe it’s big pharma who does not want Medicare to negotiate drug prices so that Americans will still have to pay several orders of magnitude higher prices than anyone else. … … … If Manchin is telling the truth, settling for half of the total funding over half of the time meets all of his objections, and he should settle. If he is lying in order to protect his big-oil donor ‘pipeline’, let’s make sure that the 70% of WV voters who support the Build Back Better Reconciliation package know that Manchin almost single-handedly stopped it. And use this as a rallying cry to finally rid the country of the Republican Faction and conservative Democrats dedicated to protect the will of their big-money benefactors instead of the people that they were elected to represent,
jimK, I have to really SUPPORT your very reasonable and 'Diplomatic' compromise that you suggest. It really hits the middle of all concerns and I can't really see any argument against. .... From jimK's post at https://www.causes.com/comments/1500397 ... "Manchin is holding out for $1.5 Trillion. Here is a compromise that meets all the objectives. Let’s go for $1.75 Trillion over 5 years or $350 Billion per year. Everybody gets what they say they want and need. The electorate’s will is honored for at least five years. Before the five years is up, I am certain that there will be lessons learned which will need correction. There will be more of our youthful voters coming of age and they are generally concerned about their futures and will be more concerned as the Climate Crisis continues to worsen and much more funding may be required to complete and augment that which would be started today." .... Please read his full post. As I'm from TX, no use talking to ANY of my Reps, so I just sent the following post to the Democrats main organization at https://democrats.org/contact-us/ . ... My message to them if you want to copy, .... "Come on guys... Take your full 3.5T over 10 year plan down to a 1.75T over 5 year plan so 'adjustments' to this future plan may be implemented. Manchin and Sinema may go for this! It's within their budget even if you need to drop a 1/4T to get the deal done." ... I'm planning on contacting as many Dem Senators and Representatives I can contact with that message. THANKS jimK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you don’t mind me stealing from your idea??! PS. I'm NOT sending a copy to my Reps. (LOL!!)
If Democrats don't get this passed because Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema blew up the deal then they don't deserve to be in power. Much as I despise the current Republican Party; (what happened to the decent Republicans I used to vote for?) they at least stick together like glue. Even though the current batch is full of assholes, fascists and people who don't govern anymore as they only exist to gaslight and disrupt the government that they claim they want to lead they at least hold their party together. There are so many destructive things going on today with going after women's choices over their own bodies and destinies; voting rights being gutted; the rise of autocracy and an alternate reality where January 6th was a stroll though the capital on a beautiful sunny day and vaccine mandates are killing America rather than a deadly pandemic. The Supreme Court is totally out of step with the majority of America today and is literally gutting the past 50 years worth of progress the country has made. By the time they are done women will be barefoot and pregnant and everyone will have their own armory in their homes. Oh and business will rule all and the surfs will grovel for their measly pay. If we don't do something with voting rights we will not see power for 10-15 years in the future and by that time there will be very few of us that will be happy with what we've become in the meantime. We also need to look at doing something with the court which will mean getting rid of the filibuster in order to balance the court, setting term limits, etc. We also need to ram through legislation on climate change and we need to get things done for the people who voted these folks in to the House, the Senate and the Presidency so as to get these things accomplished. Get er done! Use the power you were given as the Republicans definitely do when they are put in charge.
Trump’s tax breaks to the rich cost $2.3 Trillion…Roll them back! Take the $2.3 Trillion & add it to the bipartisan $1 Trillion infrastructure bill!!! This is an investment for ALL Americans! Pass the big package.
What is wrong with Kyrsten Sinema? Why are the people of Arizona allowing her to hold up the whole show? How does she think she's going to win in a Democratic primary after this? Or are her wealthy corporate donors more important?
So America is still a country of the people, by the people, and for the people — as long as those people are Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
I need to update my opinion on Senator Sinema. She is clearly nothing more than a self serving snide smart ass B***h who needs her ass kicked right out of office.
Andy S: Thanks for the Manchin comment. You know that Manchin had also never addressed the need to deal with Climate Change. I find all of his objections to be pretty wrapping paper to cover the real gift to him, big oil and chamber of commerce support. And sure, injecting a lot of money into the economy will bring some temporary inflation pressures until things settle out. We have programs and well-experienced institutions that know how to deal with inflation’s impact on the economy. The flip side of not fully funding Biden’s Build Back Better human infrastructure program would be the negligent genocide of much of youth and future generations and the huge costs of living in a Climate damaged world, Sorry, I would rather have to deal with some inflation; overall, it is just way more cost-effective.
If congress doesn't give the people what they were promised and rightly capable of given, there will be hell to pay 2022/2024. Progressives were 34% of the vote that put Biden in the white house!
The debt limit requirement is right there with buggy whip safety laws, a useless artifact from a bygone age. Why do something that continually hamstrings our government and can be so damaging to our country’s future when a Political Faction decides to weaponize it? The debt limit is something that no other peer nation uses because it is basically totally illogical nonsense. If our country borrows money for whatever our country pays it back. To not do so because some artificial limit was reached is nonsense. … … … A great part of our country’s role in the world is the strength of our currency and the integrity of supporting our debt. It is why sanctions we impose have so much clout. it is why so much of the world is willing to lend us money to finance our debt. If we start defaulting when the debt limit is reached next month - all of that begins to collapse, markets will rail and we would head straight into a repression as our influence in the world crashes as well. … … … McConnell and his Faction continues to play really dangerous political games with our country’s future. His and their increasing irresponsibly are putting our country’s near term and long term health in serious jeopardy - just because they feel that they can score some ‘political points’. … …
Pennsylvanian Commenters, I'm sorry, can you please remove this Critically Racist Fool ASAP! Leave it to him and Pittsburgh will be a Beach Town and Rich White Men will Forever Rule.
Well, at least we now have 'some' news from Manchin. From the release on his website ... https://www.manchin.senate.gov/newsroom/op-eds/why-i-wont-support-spending-another-35-trillion ... I think you really should read the whole release. He does have some points to consider. One of his problems is real to many, many of us here. From the release ... "I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs. This is even more important now as the Social Security and Medicare Trustees have sounded the alarm that these life-saving programs will be insolvent and benefits could start to be reduced as soon as 2026 for Medicare and 2033, a year earlier than previously projected, for Social Security." ... Maybe we could spend a little of the $3.5T (or whatever can be decided on) bill to shore up those programs. But one item he never mentions is what would be the impact of supplying 'The People', you know the bottom, instead of giving away to the rich as he normally does. Let's try BOTTOM/UP instead of TOP/DOWN for once!
It is good there is a bipartisan vote. Now both sides need to order that the border to be closed until we get this epidemic gone. Here are the latest figures since January 20th at noontime to present 251 days. Cases 19,008,392 new cases yesterday 66,608. Deaths 428,360 new deaths yesterday 1,353. President Trump with no vaccines until the last 38 days had the following in one full year. Cases 24,717,808 Deaths 271,761. Comrade dear leader Beijing Biden with the borders wide open with no quarantine or testing will have at the end of his first year with 3 vaccines since day one the following Cases 27,641,686 Deaths 622,914. Close the border and build the wall
I just read that Dog, the Bounty Hunter is shopping for a new TV Show. Maybe the search for the “lost” Trump ballots can be a multi-episode arc. I bet Dog finds Grandma Karen's ballot in some city’s dumpsite because her grandson, Billy Bobby Ray, never made it to the post office after visiting the crooked doctor for more opioids for the pain in his back from working in the concrete plant. Dog's fans will lap it up!
Why are we forced to edit rather than add a second comment on some issues? Where’s the Causes rulebook? Anyway.... I just added some background on the Debt Ceiling, even though I still can't figure out how anyone ever thought something separate from the budget process was ever a good idea. Today it made me so annoyed I started to research Mitch McConnell’s probable heirs and see if there is someone to start a campaign against them. I hope some folks can effectively attack McConnell’s Kentucky Political Machine Talk about being a handmaiden to some oligarchs! See McConnell planning an 'escape hatch' in case he leaves Senate before his term expires, report says https://www.businessinsider.com/mcconnell-plans-possible-senate-exit-kentucky-legislature-report-2021-3
I do believe education is one of our most important things and anyway we can help teachers I am all in support of BUT why does helping the Afghanistan people have anything to do with our government shutting down? the face that the debt keeps rising and throwing money around left and right is one way to insure it may actually happen...