Congress faces key deadlines that could determine the fate of Democrats midway through 2022
The House and Senate face a series of critical deadlines to keep MPs’ election promises and keep the government afloat when they return from vacation this week.
Why is this important: The next few weeks will be crucial in embracing President Biden’s platform – and determining how the Democratic Party performs in the midterm elections.
The last: The main focus for the remainder of this month will be to complete negotiations on Biden’s social spending program, which has grown from $ 3.5 trillion to over $ 2 trillion.
- Leaders on both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue are losing patience and eager to find a detailed framework – at a minimum – for House Democrats to finally pass the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
- At present, the moderate and progressive factions within the Democratic House caucus are still far removed from each other on key provisions including prescription drug reform, climate change and expansion of the market. Health Insurance.
- They also didn’t agree on a frontline number.
Between the lines: This will be crucial in reaching a compromise, if members are to meet their October 31 deadline. Without a deal, a reconciliation vote will likely take place in late November or December.
- Congress will also have its hands full with meetings and subpoenas by the House select committee on January 6.
- The Senate faces a backlog in confirming key ambassadors.
- Both chambers must deal with funding for national defense and an impending government shutdown and a debt ceiling crisis.
What we are looking at:
October 19: The Jan.6 select committee will vote on whether to insult former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for defying his subpoena.
October 20: Biden’s candidates for ambassadorial positions in China (Nick Burns), Japan (Rahm Emanuel) and Singapore (Jonathan Kaplan) will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during their confirmation hearings.
October 20: The Senate will vote on the Freedom to Vote Act, a voting rights bill supported by Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.).
21st of October : Attorney General Merrick Garland will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a Justice Department oversight hearing.
October 31: A 30-day extension of funding for surface transportation programs expires. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Also set the date as a new deadline to vote on the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate.
- Progressives insist they can always grant another short-term extension if they need more time to negotiate the scope and cost of the social spending program – something they say needs to be completed. before voting on the infrastructure bill.
November 8-15: The House and Senate are on vacation for a week.
November 19-29: Thanksgiving House and Senate vacations.
December 3: The government’s short-term funding bill expires. Congress must pass another fundraising bill to avoid a government shutdown.
From December 13 to the end of the year: The House and the Senate are on vacation for the winter break.
Mid-December: The government will default on its debt unless Congress increases the debt limit.
Before the end of the year : Congress must pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).