With the dust still settling from Tuesday’s GOP takeover of Congress, lawmakers are beginning to turn their attention to legislative strategy for the remaining two months of the year.
Congressional leaders and President Obama will meet at the White House Friday to discuss some potential areas of compromise, such as a spending bill to keep the government operational through most of next year. The current spending bill expires Dec. 11, as does the administration’s authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic State.
With Republicans poised to take control of the Senate in January, Democrats will also likely seek to confirm a new attorney general to replace Eric Holder and renew dozens of tax extenders that expired at the end of 2013. President Obama has also vowed to use his administrative powers to issue an executive order on immigration before the end of the year – a move that will likely provoke conflict with Republican lawmakers.
The House and Senate are scheduled to begin a post-election session on Nov. 12, although lawmakers from both parties will spend the first week-and-a-half before Thanksgiving firming up leadership and committee assignments for the next Congress and organizing their messaging for the remainder of the year. The hope is to act on the above agenda items starting Dec. 1, although Congress at the moment is only scheduled to be in session the first two weeks of December.