House to Take One-Day Break From Recess to Advance Short-Term Debt Limit Extension
How do you feel about this week’s congressional schedule?
by This Week in Congress | 10.12.21
What’s happening in Congress?
- The House will be back at the Capitol from recess for one day this week to pass a bill to increase the debt limit by $480 billion through December 3rd and avoid a potential default on October 18th. House passage would send the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk, at which point the focus will shift to off-the-floor negotiations when lawmakers return to recess.
- Congress has punted on several deadlines in recent weeks while the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate negotiate their reconciliation spending plan and the bipartisan infrastructure bill Democrats have tethered to it as leverage. The upcoming deadlines will provide impetus for negotiations, but if Democrats remain at an intra-party impasse, Congress may have to scramble yet again to pass stopgap bills.
- Lawmakers will need to reauthorize surface transportation programs at the end of October, which experienced a brief authorization lapse at the start of the month because of inaction by Congress. A long-term reauthorization is included in the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, but progressives have blocked it amid the reconciliation negotiations.
- Congress has until December 3rd to fund the government by passing full-year appropriations for fiscal year 2022, which began October 1st, and avoid a partial government shutdown. That’s also the date through which the debt limit will be increased, although the Treasury Dept. may then be able to use “extraordinary measures” to extend the “x-date” for avoiding default into early 2022.
- The House meets Tuesday to vote on the short-term debt limit increase. It’s unclear whether any other legislation will be considered, but lawmakers are expected to return to recess once the Tuesday session ends until Tuesday, October 19th.
- Committees will hold hybrid hearings on the recruitment of veterans by domestic violent extremist groups; ethics and artificial intelligence; and the future of weather forecasting.
- The Senate adjourned Thursday night after passing the debt limit bill and is scheduled to hold its next floor vote on Monday, October 18th, when senators will vote on the confirmation of a circuit court judge.
- No committee hearings are scheduled this week.
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 scheduled.
Tuesday after 5pm
- Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to S. 1301: Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit (Through December 3rd) Deemed passed 219-206 as part of H.Res. 716.
Rest of the Week
- No votes are expected.
- No votes are expected.
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