January 21, 2020 Update

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The House is out of session this week while the Senate returns to begin the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The Senate could also consider the Kaine (D-CA), Durbin (D-IL), Lee (R-UT) and Paul (R-KY) war powers measure for the Senate, S.J.Res 68, a measure to limit the President’s actions against Iran. But the timing is totally unclear, as is which of different versions of the Kaine-Durbin measure will be considered. These measures have over 30-cosponsors.

Reminder, the House passed a similar bill on January 9 offered by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI).

When Congress returns from its Martin Luther King Jr. recess on January 27, the House has scheduled two additional votes related to conflict in the Middle East.

One vote will be on H.R. 2456, a bill by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) to repeal the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), which has been used by administrations of both parties to cover combat in Somalia, Yemen and Iran.

A second measure to be offered by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) is H.R. 5543, a bill with 79 co-sponsors to prohibit U.S. military action against Iran without prior congressional approval.

Key Fiscal Year 2020 National Security Bills

War Powers Resolution

On January 9, the House voted to force President Trump to seek congressional approval for further military action against Iran. The war powers measure offered by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) was approved by an almost party-line vote of 224-194, with three Republicans voting yes (Gaetz, Massie and Rooney) and eight Democrats voting no (Brindisi, Cunningham, Gottheimer, Horn, Luria, McAdams, Murphy and Rose).

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Resolution

The Trump administration is expected to submit its Fiscal Year 2021 budget request to Congress on February 10. In January 2020, House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) suggested it is unlikely that the House will pass a Budget Resolution this year.

Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Appropriations Bill

Fiscal Year 2021 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

Fiscal Year 2021 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

Fiscal Year 2021 Military Construction-Veterans’ Administration¬† (VA) Bill


Congressional recess schedule in 2020

Thursday, January 16 – Monday, January 27: House recess
Thursday, February 13 – Tuesday, February 25: House and Senate recess
Thursday, March 12 – Monday, March 23: House and Senate recess
Wednesday, April 1 – Monday, April 20: House recess
Friday, April 3 – Monday, April 20: Senate recess
Thursday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 12: House recess
Thursday, May 21 – Monday, June 1: House and Senate recess
Friday June 26 – Tuesday, July 7: House recess
Thursday, July 2 – Monday, July 20: Senate recess
Friday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 21: House recess
Friday, July 31 – Tuesday, September 8: House recess
Friday, August 7 – Tuesday, September 8: Senate recess
Friday, October 2 – Monday, November 16: House schedule
Friday October 9 -Monday, November 9: Senate schedule
Friday, November 20 – Tuesday, December 1: House & Senate recess