House. There are numerous House hearings this week, but the House is not in session for floor votes. Both the House and Senate will be in recess next week for Presidents’ Day.
Senate. The Senate plans to vote this week on a House-passed continuing resolution that will extend government funding through March 11. Action is needed by Feb. 18, when the current CR expires, but timing of the Senate vote is up in the air as Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has indicated she would oppose a unanimous consent request to expedite consideration of the measure.
Also on the agenda is a vote Tuesday or Wednesday on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to head the Food and Drug Administration. There’s a chance that Senators could also vote this week to confirm Shalanda Young and Nani Coloretti to serve as Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Appropriations. Bipartisan leadership of the House and Senate appropriations panels reached an agreement Feb. 9 on FY 2022 top-line spending numbers for defense and non-defense programs. Those numbers have not yet been released, nor have there been any statements as to how various policy riders will be handled.
Now that there is agreement on the overall spending numbers, subcommittee leaders are waiting to hear what their spending targets will be for the 12 individual spending bills. The 12 measures will then be packaged into a single, omnibus appropriations bill for floor consideration. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said last week that he plans to bring the omnibus to the floor by March 8, so that it can be approved by the Senate and signed by the President before the March 11 deadline.
Committee Action of Note:
With negotiators working to hammer out a debt ceiling deal that addresses discretionary spending levels, the House Appropriations Committee is moving forward with action this week on four FY 2024 spending bills.Read More
Debt limit talks continue to be the priority for President Biden and Congressional leaders, but timing and the outcome itself remain murky.Read More
Enacting debt ceiling legislation this month will be hard to accomplish given the substantive differences between the two parties as well as the presidential and congressional schedules.Read More