Up first for the new speaker — tackling a multi-year highway spending bill, then working toward a solution to the vetoed defense spending bill.
On the floor this week:
H.R. 22: the DRIVE Act. The House will consider a House amendment to the Senate amendment to the initial bill, which passed the Senate. The amendment would take the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee‘s highway and transit provisions (H.R. 3763) would replace the Senate’s transportation provisions, while the Senate’s financing and offset language and certain other provisions, including an Export-Import Bank reauthorization, would remain. The proposed $325 billion measure would cover projected Highway Trust Fund shortfalls and provide full program funding for six years — but only if Congress can come up with a way to pay for the final three years of spending.
Currently federal transportation spending is set to expire on Nov. 20, right before the busy holiday travel season begins. Once it passes the House, negotiators will move toward reconciling differences with their Senate counterparts ahead of the Nov. 20 deadline.
The week, the House is also expected to tackle legislation related to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On Oct. 22, the President Barack Obama vetoed the 2016 NDAA, a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill, leaving Congress to cobble together a new solution. Several options on how best to proceed are on the table.
On Friday, the House of Representatives is not in session.
Next week, the House is in recess and will return the following week, Nov. 16., only to recess the week after for the Thanksgiving holiday.