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NECA Legislative Top Three: 9/21/18

Sep 20, 2018

1. Senate Passes $855.1 Billion in Appropriations

On September 18, 2018, the Senate adopted, in a 93-7 vote, the Defense/Labor-HHS/CR Conference Report (HR 6157).

 

NECA’s Look Ahead:

This $855.1 billion FY 2019 appropriations bill funds the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The bill also includes a conference report that contains a continuing resolution that would fund the government through Dec. 7, 2018, if not otherwise funded by Sept. 30.

2. FAA is Moving Forward

The long-awaited Federal Aviation Administration Authorization (FAA) compromise is expected to be released in the coming days.

NECA’s Look Ahead:

This NECA-supported compromise bill would contain legislative language that would allow for the House to vote on the re-authorization next week, followed by a Senate vote, which would need 60 votes for final passage. The FAA must be reauthorized by October 1, 2018.

3. Pelosi Challenged from Within

A small group of House Democrats have signed a letter calling for a rule change that would make it tougher for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to win a leadership contest. The 11 Democrats signing the letter want to change rules to require that the party's leader needs to win the support of 218 Democrats or a majority of the House, and not just the Democratic caucus, according to multiple reports. Included among the 11 Democrats who signed the letter are Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), Seth Moulton (MA), Ed Perlmutter (CO), Kathleen Rice (NY), and Brian Higgins (NY), nearly all of whom have voiced concerns about Pelosi's potential role as Speaker. If adopted, the change would only take effect if Democrats won a majority of the House.

NECA’s Look Ahead:

While the move is almost certain to fail, it does point out continued dissent within the Democratic caucus. Several members and candidates for House seats have openly voiced opposition to backing Pelosi for Speaker. Pelosi has repeatedly dismissed questions about whether she would be elected Speaker should her party control the House, saying that she is focused on the midterm elections. Democrats need to gain 23 seats in November to regain control of the House.