NBC News reports:
After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill’s main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business.
COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy — and a final burst of judicial nominees — dominate a truncated two- or three-week session occurring as the coronavirus pandemic rockets out of control in President Donald Trump’s final weeks in office.
The only absolute must-do business is preventing a government shutdown when a temporary spending bill expires on Dec. 11. The route preferred by top lawmakers like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is to agree upon and pass an omnibus spending bill for the government.
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12 days and counting: Congress returns this week from its Thanksgiving holiday break. Both chambers must extend current funding past December 11th midnight deadline to avert a gov’t shutdown. House may vote later this week if the omnibus spending bill is ready for floor action.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) November 30, 2020