Republicans have left themselves in a tight 10 days period to complete an ambitious…..
End-of-year agenda that includes tax reform, government spending, and several other must-do bills.
LAWMAKERS: Will begin tax reform negotiations in earnest now that Republican leaders have named members to serve on a conference committee that will work out differences between House and Senate tax legislation.
REPUBLICANS: Are optimistic they will come up with a compromise bill in time to vote on a measure by Christmas, said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
CONGRESS: must address other critical unfinished business, and if the House plans to adjourn by Dec. 22, that leaves at most ten days to complete a packed legislative agenda, if lawmakers are in session every weekday.
WHATS ON THE TABLE:
- Fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal 2018– Democrats and Republicans are at odds over spending amounts for domestic and military budgets and Democrats are demanding a provision that would legalize so-called Dreamers.
- Federal Child Healthcare Insurence: The short-term funding bill lawmakers passed last week includes emergency funding for states, but only until the end of the month.
- Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA- used to help prevent terrorism on U.S. soil.
- Federal flood insurance program: Set to expire after Congress gave it a two-week extension that expires with government funding on Dec. 22. The House passed a five-year reauthorization measure in November, but the Senate has yet to come up with a proposal.
- U.S. Circuit Judge Confirmation: Senators vote to advance Steven Grasz to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the 8th Circuit, Don R. Willett to be Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit and James C. Ho to be US District Judge for the EXTREMELY LIBERAL 9th Circuit