WASHINGTON: Infighting within the U.S. House of Representatives, controlled by Republicans, has left the chamber without leadership for three weeks, keeping Congress busy and preventing passage of emergency legislation. It is being
Here are some of the items on lawmakers’ ever-growing to-do list:
Democratic President Joe Biden provides $61.4 billion to Ukraine and $14.3 billion to Israel to support military conflict. I asked Congress to do so.
These are the largest items in his $106 billion package, which also includes his $13.6 billion for U.S. border security and his $9.2 billion for humanitarian aid.
Biden has summarized all of these issues, but Republicans may try to separate them because they have different views on continued aid to Ukraine.
U.S. government funding expires in November. If lawmakers don’t act, partial shutdowns of many federal services, from scientific research to nutrition services, could begin the next day.
Congress has not yet passed one of 12 detailed spending bills that will fund government operations for the fiscal year beginning October 1. Republicans passed four of these bills in the House, but they differ significantly from the bipartisan bill currently being developed in the Senate.
To avoid a partial government shutdown in mid-November, the House and Democratic-controlled Senate must resolve their differences and send these 12 spending bills to Biden for his signature, or the government must We need to agree on a stopgap bill that will delay the deadline.
The government is currently funded by a similar stopgap bill introduced by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on September 30th, when a small group of hardline Republicans ousted him and sparked the current leadership crisis. ing.
Congress also requires him to update legislation covering the Federal Aviation Administration and other air travel issues by December 31st.
The House passed a bipartisan bill in July, but the Senate has not yet passed its own bill. Both chambers must resolve their differences before allowing Biden to sign the bill.
Without updating these programs, the government could lose the ability to collect more than $50 million in daily taxes that fund the U.S. aviation system.
Congress must update laws covering agricultural subsidies, nutritional assistance, and other agricultural programs. Lawmakers are supposed to pass a new farm bill every five years, but negotiations often push that deadline back. The cost of this version is expected to exceed $1.5 trillion.
Also requires Congress to periodically update the National Flood Insurance Program, which provides subsidized insurance to property owners in flood-prone areas. Program expiration date is November 17th. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says if Congress does not renew it, it will be able to process insurance claims but not provide new coverage that could affect more than 1,000 real estate sales each day.