A number of pressing issues are facing Congress as the end of the fiscal year approaches on September 30, with only a few weeks remaining on the House of Representatives’ calendar. In addition to the legislative priorities listed below, Congress still needs to pass the FAA reauthorization and the Farm Bill.
On September 12, 2023, Speaker McCarthy announced he would assign the Oversight, Judiciary and Ways and Means committees to open an impeachment inquiry into President Biden regarding alleged corruption around his family’s business dealings.
An impeachment inquiry doesn’t mean articles of impeachment will be brought to a vote by the full House, but it does allow for further investigations by the key committees.
A Possible Government Shutdown & Appropriations
Congress has until September 30 to either pass appropriations bills or a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown. The House GOP’s current plan is to pass a short-term CR through October 31 that would include a 1 percent cut to current fiscal levels, disaster relief funding, and border security reform while allowing more time for the full appropriations process to play out. The House has passed one of 12 appropriation bills so far.
Complicating the situation is that any bill that passes through the House would also need to pass the Democrat-led Senate and be signed by President Biden.
Additional Funding For Ukraine
Congress will soon consider President Biden’s request for an additional $24 billion in assistance for Ukraine. Punchbowl News reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Capitol Hill this week to make appeals for the additional funding. In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are in broad agreement for supporting Ukraine with more funding, but there’s more skepticism in the GOP-led House and the latest proposed short-term CR from House Republicans would leave out the Ukrainian funding.
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