Political Report 11/18/2019

 In Weekly Wire

Main Story: Congress to Kick Funding Can Until December

While the political world focused on the ongoing impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, last week saw some minor progress in the ongoing fight over appropriations. First, lawmakers agreed to avoid a shutdown and extend the continuing resolution until December 20. Second there was a wave of positive feelings around an agreement on spending levels for each of the appropriations bills. However, offsetting this sense of progress is the fact that none of the thorniest issues (read: the wall) have been resolved.

While it is good that that government will likely avoid a shutdown in the near-term, there remain significant obstacles to adoption of defense appropriations any time soon. As the services begin to broadcast the potential damage of a long-term continuing resolution, it may increase pressure on Congress to act, but the political imperatives facing Democratic and Republican leadership make it hard to see how a compromise will be reached.

Appropriations Bill

House Activity

The House is on track to pass a CR to extend funding through December 20.

Senate Activity

The Senate will also pass a CR and may work on additional nominations.

Congressional Defense Activity

  •  HFAC
    • 11/19 “The Importance of the Open Skies Treaty,” Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, 2172 Rayburn, 10am
    • 11/19 “FY2020 Budget and US-Africa Relations,” Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, 2200 Rayburn, 10am
    • 11/19 “What’s Next for Lebanon? Examining the Implications of Current Protests,” Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, 2172 Rayburn, 2pm
    • 11/22 *Field Hearing* “Humanitarian Aspects of the United States Migratory Crisis,” Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations, 4235 Beyer Blvd, San Ysidro, CA 92173, 2pm
  • SFRC
    • 11/20 “The Future of US Policy Towards Russia,” Full Committee Hearing, SD-419 Dirksen, 10am
    • 11/20 “Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing US Interests in the United Nations System,” Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, SD-419 Dirksen, 230pm
  • SASC
    • 11/20 “Department of Defense Audit,” Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, SR-222 Russell, 930am
    • 11/20 “CLOSED: Implementation of the 2018 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy,” Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, SVC-217 Capitol Visitor Center, 230pm
    • 11/20 “Biological Threats to US National Security,” Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, SR-222 Russell, 3pm
  •  HASC
    • 11/21 “The Department of Defense Organic Industrial Base: Challenges, Solutions and Readiness Impacts,” Subcommittee on Readiness, 2118 Rayburn, 9am
  •  SAC-D
    • No hearings this week
  •  HAC-D
    • No hearings this week
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