Congress Avoids Government Shutdown but Must-Pass Legislation Remains

Originally published on December 6, 2023 Eric Schmutz for NAIOP.

For the first December in recent years, Congress is no longer facing a government shutdown deadline. Prior to the Thanksgiving recess, Congress approved a two-tiered appropriations package. This “laddered” approach primarily funds domestic programs (such as housing, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure) until Jan. 19, 2024, and the remaining programs, including defense and homeland security, until Feb. 2, 2024. Year-end 2023 is not without its share of must-pass legislation, however.

Before Congress adjourns for the holidays, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) must convince his conference to approve the $886 billion National Defense Authorization Act, reauthorizing legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). In addition, the House must reach an agreement with the Senate and President Joe Biden on aid packages for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan that House and Senate Republicans say must include border security funding. With six legislative days left on the schedule, the House appears to be adding to their busy schedule by approving impeachment inquiries for Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Adding to Johnson’s challenges, the House voted 311-114 last week to expel Representative George Santos (R-NY), making him the sixth member in history to be expelled from Congress and shrinking the already narrow and fractured Republican majority in the body.

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