Deadlines Loom as Congress Returns for Fall


August 27, 2021 10:12 pm

The House and Senate return to Washington in September with a daunting to-do list, including staving off a potential shutdown when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and raising or suspending the debt ceiling before it’s breached, potentially as soon as October.

The Senate resumes Sept. 13. House committees will hold markups and hearings over the next several weeks before members return for floor votes on Sept. 20.

Congressional Democrats gave committees a deadline of Sept. 15 to draft pieces of a budget reconciliation package. The resulting measure, which could total as much as $3.5 trillion, would allow them to advance elements of President Joe Biden’s economic plan with only Democratic votes. As part of a deal between moderates and progressives that allowed the budget resolution kickstarting that process to move forward, the House has until Sept. 27 to consider the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure package (H.R. 3684; see BGOV Bill Summary).

Several pandemic-related programs also expire in September, including additional unemployment aid and increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

The Supreme Court on Aug. 26 ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Aug. 3 revised eviction moratorium that was supposed to expire on Oct. 3.

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