Federal Fall Outlook

September 9, 2021

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Week of September 13th 

September 18th is the Justice for J6 Rally, a right-wing rally in Washington, DC which aims to support insurrectionists charged in the Capitol riots. Law enforcement officials are bracing for potential clashes and unrest for the days before and following the rally. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to a security briefing by Manger regarding the Sept. 18 rally. The briefing will be held on Monday at 11:15 a.m. in the Speaker’s Office. 

FY2022 Appropriations subcommittees could be marking up by mid-September or early October. Full Committee markup is unclear given that the Senate still does not have a topline agreement.

  • House is not in session this week. Committees will be working to mark up the various components of their sections of the budget reconciliation. Lawmakers will have to submit their amendments to the defense bill National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (H.R. 4350) by Sept. 14. House Committee on Financial Services and Veteran’s Affairs will hold their markups on Monday for their budget reconciliation components.
  • Senate is back in session this week. With the first hearing Tuesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “Examining the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan.” Committees will start the work on the budget reconciliation.  

Week of September 20th

  • House In sessionThe Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of September 20 to grant a rule that may provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022.
  • Senate In session. will likely resume consideration and subcommittee markup of the FY2022 Appropriations at the end of September/early October and committees will continue to work on the budget reconciliation.  

Week of September 27th 

Very likely there will have to be a Continuing Resolution to fund the government as there will not be a resolution before funding the government runs out on September 30th. The White House proposed billions of dollars in supplemental funding for disaster relief and other programs, which it’s asking Congress to attach to the short-term continuing resolution that will be critical toward avoiding a government shutdown. The majority of the supplemental request includes funding for both disaster relief and the administration’s ongoing Afghanistan resettlement efforts.

Deadlines/Expirations

– September 30, 2021: COVID- Related Paid Sick Leave will expire 

– September 30, 2021: increased SNAP Benefits will expire 

– September 30, 2021: Surface transportation law expiration & Highway Trust Fund exhaustion

(The September 2020 CR provided a transfer of general revenues to the Highway Trust Fund)

– September 30, 2021: National Flood Insurance Program expires

– September 30, 2021: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Child Care Entitlement to States expires

  • House In session. The House in August voted 220 to 212 to consider the Senate-passed $550 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) no later than September 27th. 
  • Senate In session. The Senate will likely resume consideration and subcommittee markup of the FY2022 Appropriations at the end of September/early October. 

Week of October 4th 

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says extraordinary measures that finance the government on a temporary basis will likely be exhausted during the month of October. “I respectfully urge Congress to protect the full faith and credit of the United States by acting as soon as possible,” Yellen says in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • House – Not in session. Committee work week.
  • Senate – In session. Senate will likely resume consideration and subcommittee markup of the FY2022 Appropriations at the end of September/early October.

Week of October 11th 

  • House – Out of session 
  • Senate – Out of session

Week of October 18th 

  • House – In session
  • Senate- In session 

Week of October 25th 

  • House – In session
  • Senate- In session 

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