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Lightning Round: A Guide to the One-Day House Session

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The House will open for business in just a few minutes, at 10am ET today, for consideration of the state fiscal aid bill, which the Senate passed last week. The plan is to vote on the rule for the bill (text here), then general debate, followed by a final passage “early in the afternoon.” It’s unclear whether the Republicans will offer a motion to recommit, but we know they are going to put forward a privileged resolution to give themselves a two-month vacation after the elections, lest the House actually work to pass legislation in the lame duck session. That will get a vote today as well.

The House estimates that this bill will save 319,000 jobs at the state and local level, 161,000 through the $10 billion in education jobs aid, and 158,000 with the $16.1 billion in Medicaid funds, which will lead to the prevention of cuts to public safety personnel and private vendors.

In addition, there may be action on the $600 million dollar border security bill which the Senate also passed last week. It would not be a full passage. Because the Senate took up the funding through an appropriations bill instead of a revenue bill originating in the House Ways and Means Committee, the House cannot pass it. They can vote on a “blue slip” resolution, which the Senate would have to take up later. But they may take up an entirely new border security bill and ping-pong it back to the Senate. As of right now, there is a border security supplemental on the suspension calendar.

Either way, the funding would require additional Senate action, and that chamber won’t reconvene until September (unless they see the border as the kind of emergency requiring a special session, the way they demanded the House come back for the state fiscal aid bill).

This expects to be a quick session, with votes wrapped up by 3:00pm ET.

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Lightning Round: A Guide to the One-Day House Session

The House will open for business in just a few minutes, at 10am ET today, for consideration of the state fiscal aid bill, which the Senate passed last week. The plan is to vote on the rule for the bill (text here), then general debate, followed by a final passage “early in the afternoon.” It’s unclear whether the Republicans will offer a motion to recommit, but we know they are going to put forward a privileged resolution to give themselves a two-month vacation after the elections, lest the House actually work to pass legislation in the lame duck session. That will get a vote today as well.

The House estimates that this bill will save 319,000 jobs at the state and local level, 161,000 through the $10 billion in education jobs aid, and 158,000 with the $16.1 billion in Medicaid funds, which will lead to the prevention of cuts to public safety personnel and private vendors.

In addition, there may be action on the $600 million dollar border security bill which the Senate also passed last week. It would not be a full passage. Because the Senate took up the funding through an appropriations bill instead of a revenue bill originating in the House Ways and Means Committee, the House cannot pass it. They can vote on a “blue slip” resolution, which the Senate would have to take up later. But they may take up an entirely new border security bill and ping-pong it back to the Senate. As of right now, there is a border security supplemental on the suspension calendar.

Either way, the funding would require additional Senate action, and that chamber won’t reconvene until September (unless they see the border as the kind of emergency requiring a special session, the way they demanded the House come back for the state fiscal aid bill).

This expects to be a quick session, with votes wrapped up by 3:00pm ET.

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