Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bills Introduced – 9-21-20

 Yesterday, with both the House and Senate in session, there were 29 bills introduced. One of those bills will receive additional attention in this blog:

HR 8319 Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2021, and for other purposes. Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]

The House Rules Committee met yesterday to formulate the rule for the consideration of this bill (and 3 others). The rule provided for a closed debate on the bill with 1 hour of debate and no floor amendments. The bill will almost certainly pass in the House if it is actually brought to the floor.

Billed as a ‘clean CR’ this is a complex bill that includes language extending a number of programs that would expire on September 30th. There are news reports that Sen. McConnel opposes the bill because it does not include continued funding for the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), a White House priority. Rep. Conway (R,TX) attempted to add language for that funding in the Rules Committee hearing on the bill, but the amendment was defeated.

There is a remote possibility that additional negotiations could result in that language being added to the bill during the floor consideration via a motion to recommit.

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