February 20, 2024 Update
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While the Senate is not in session this week, shortly before leaving it adopted the $95 billion aid package of assistance to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and Gaza. The vote was 70-29, including 22 Republican Senators. This version of the bill did not include any border relief bill that led to the Senate inability to pass an earlier version. The prospects for House action remain unclear, with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) skeptical of the measure.
Last week was another bad one for Speaker Johnson. While he managed to win approval by one vote of a resolution impeaching Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas after a previous failure, his rules reauthorizing controversial spy powers and a tax bill both failed. This House is the first one in modern history to have six rule votes — three under former Speaker Kevin McCarthy and three under Speaker Mike Johnson — fail. Before last year, no rule vote had failed in two decades.
Reminder: there is only a narrow window for the House and Senate to pass the 12 appropriations bills before the March 1 and 8 deadlines — previously agreed upon to avoid a government shutdown — or a full year Continuing Resolution for fiscal year 2024.
Tentative Congressional Recess Schedule
February 9–26 — Senate out of session
February 16–28 — House out of session
March 22–April 8/9 — Senate and House out of session
April 18–29 — House out of session
April 19–29 — Senate out of session
May 24–June 3 — Senate and House out of session
June 14–25 — House out of session
June 21–July 8 — Senate out of session
June 28–July 8 — House out of session
July 12–22/23 — Senate and House out of session
August 1/2–September 9 — Senate and House out of session
September 27–November 12 — Senate and House out of session
November 22–December 2/3 — Senate and House out of session
December 19/20 — Target adjournment