Debt Ceiling Vote
Provided conversations between Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) continue towards a two-year deal to raise budget caps and the debt limit, both Chambers can be expected to vote next week to avoid hitting the ceiling during the August recess.
In addition, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) will endeavor to confirm as many pending nominations before the recess as possible, which will likely include Mark Esper’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense and Steve Dickson’s nomination to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
9/11 Victims Compensation Fund
He will also bring up legislation to reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which the House passed last Friday 402-12. Senator Paul (R-KY) objected to an effort to bring the bill to the floor this week.
Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, Homeland Security Improvement Act
The House plans to take up H.R. 397, Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, and H.R. 2203, the Homeland Security Improvement Act, as well as a number of suspension bills. Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) also suggested after the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously advanced the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act on Wednesday that the bill could come to the floor next week.
President Trump will host Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday.
Read more in McGuireWoods Consulting’s Emerging Technologies Washington Update.