Lawmakers have returned to the halls of Congress after weeks of campaigning for the midterm elections, and Democrats are scrambling to pass several of their top plan items before losing control of the House in January.
House Democrats face a long list of to-do items during the lame-duck period, eyeing several plan items they haven’t yet accomplished over the last two years. However, passing such legislation may be easier said than done as Democrats still face a 50-50 split in the Senate, meaning the party will have to forge compromises with Republicans if it wishes to push critical plan items through the upper chamber.
Here are four items on Democrats’ to-do list they hope to accomplish before the end of the year.
Lawmakers previously passed a short-term funding bill in September that is set to expire on Dec. 16. It is their top priority to pass a funding bill when they returned from recess this week.
Democrats may seek to add measures to the necessary bill, using it to get more of the items on their plan to pass.
Same-sex marriage bill
Democrats in the Senate want to pass the Respect for Marriage Act Wednesday, codifying same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law.
Electoral Count Act
bipartisan legislation that would make it harder to overturn the results of a presidential election, which passed the House earlier this year, would clarify provisions in existing law, including the responsibilities of the vice president.
Raising the debt limit
Democrats say the debt limit must be raised to avoid defaulting on loans, while Republicans want Democrats to cut down on spending as a compromise.
“The debt ceiling has long been a legislative priority among Democrats in Congress, although it may be unlikely party lawmakers will make much headway before the lame-duck session expires,” the Examiner reports.
“The debt ceiling, of course, is something that we have to deal with. And it’s something that we will look at over the next few weeks,” Schumer said during a press conference on Sunday. “I have to talk to the leadership first. We don’t know where the House is going to be.”
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