Yesterday, the Senate passed a Harvey Relief package that included a continuing resolution to fund the government through December, as well as a three month extension on the debt ceiling. Today, the House passed the same bill, sending it to the President's desk for his signature.
In addition to providing almost $16 billion in Hurricane relief, this package cleared up September’s legislative agenda by addressing some of the most significant “must-pass” items for this month. Funding the government, raising the debt ceiling, as well as reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, all of which needed to get addressed by the end of the month.
This means that the immediate threat of shut down has been relieved, but that the fight will be pushed to December. While there are still a few items that face an end of September deadline such as Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the passage of this bill is seen as a move to “clear the deck” in order to focus on tax reform, a huge Republican priority.
With the administration’s disappointing announcement regarding DACA, there will also be significant time dedicated to immigration legislation, which could come to a head in December when the new debt ceiling and government funding deadlines approach again.
MCN will be providing updates as the debates move forward.