Friday, September 22, 2023

House to Try Spending Bills Again?

After recessing yesterday morning ‘subject to the call of the Chair’, the House reconvened at 10:00 pm last night to adjourn. Added at the last minute, however, was a notice that: “The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on September 22, 2023.” The House was originally scheduled to be in a ‘District Work Day’, and many members had departed Washington.

Shortly before the House adjourned last night it was announced that the House Rules Committee would meet today at 1:00 pm “to begin consideration of the following emergency measures [emphasis added]”:

HR 4367 – Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2024

HR 4665 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2024

HR 4365 – Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2024 [Rule Markup Only]

HR 4368 - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024 [Rule Markup Only]

The annotation ‘Rule Markup Only’ means that the Committee is not planning on considering changing the amendments that it had already approved for consideration on the floor of the House. The Rules Committee had previously called for the submission of amendments for HR 4367 and HR 4665, so the Committee Staff will have something to work with in preparing the rule for the consideration of those two bills.

There is nothing currently (06:56 EDT) on the Majority Leader’s Schedule for today, but it looks like the Speaker has decided to try yet again to pass spending bills. There is a good chance that since these are being considered as ‘emergency measures’ that the House will work through the weekend, if, of course, a rule can be approved on the floor. There is a chance that the leadership is hoping that a sufficient number of no votes (mostly Democrats) will not make it back to Washington in time for a vote on the Rule to counteract the defecting Republican votes. If that succeeds, I suspect that there would be a motion to vacate submitted quite quickly.

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