The Political Report 9/29/20

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Main Story: CR to Stretch to December as House Prepares to Adjourn

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have agreed to a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 11. Last-minute negotiations resulted in the CR containing additional funding to assist farmers who have been temporarily impacted by the administration’s trade disputes, as well as additional funding for nutrition assistance. On Thursday, September 22 the legislation passed the House with a bipartisan vote and is now before the Senate. It is expected that the Senate will pass the legislation before the end of FY2020 on Wednesday, September 30.

While the funding deal represents the last big piece of necessary legislation that will pass both chambers prior to the election, both the House and the Senate will be busy. This week the House of Representatives looks likely to pass a new version of its COVID-19 relief legislation, providing approximately $2.4 trillion in response to the ongoing impact of the virus. It is unlikely that the Senate will take up the legislation, but it will certainly be in town. Normally both chambers would vacate to campaign in October, but with the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, the Senate will now have hearings and possibly even a vote prior to the November 3 election.

While there is plenty of action in Washington, very little of it involved DoD. Negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act are likely on hold until November and, with the passage of the CR, appropriations will wait until December (or later to be resolved). We will continue to monitor the situation, but we don’t expect too much to change until after the election has concluded in November.

House Activity

The House will attempt to pass an updated COVID-19 relief package.

Senate Activity

The Senate will pass the continuing resolution agreed to by the House last week.

Congressional Defense Activity

  •  HFAC
    • 9/30 “Democratic Backsliding in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Hearing, 2172 Rayburn & WebEx, 10am
    • 10/2 “Strengthening Biological Security: Traditional Threats and emerging Challenges,” Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation Hearing, 2172 Rayburn and WebEx, 10am
    • 10/2 “Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls in the Middle East: An Analysis of Current Trends and U.S. Policy: Postponed,” Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism Hearing, WebEx, 2pm
  • SFRC
    • No hearings for this week
  • SASC
    • 10/1 “Supply Chain Integrity,” Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support Hearing, SD-G50 Dirksen, 915am
  •  HASC
    • 9/30 “U.S. Defense Posture Changes in the European Theater,” Full Committee Hearing, Capitol Visitor Center & WebEx, 12pm
  •  SAC-D
    • No hearings for this week
  •  HAC-D
    • No hearings for this week
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