Legislative Update for Week Ending November 28, 2014

Legislative Update for Week Ending November 28, 2014

This week, Members of Congress adjourned for the Thanksgiving holiday. They are expected to return to Washington on Monday, December 1st.

Congress Adjourns for Thanksgiving

Lawmakers in the House and Senate returned to their home states and districts for the Thanksgiving holiday. The “lame duck” session will resume on Monday, and lawmakers will continue working on legislation to fund the federal government past December 11th.

Leaders in Congress originally hoped to pass a government-wide omnibus so that they could begin the 114th Congress with a blank slate, but as the deadline nears, it appears as though a short-term continuing resolution is more likely. When they return to Capitol Hill on Monday, lawmakers will have only ten days to sort out a dozen unfinished spending bills.

If they succeed, the issue won’t be revisited until October 1st, the start of the next fiscal year. However, should they fail, they will need to pass a temporary stop-gap funding measure or be prepared to face another government shutdown, which could affect Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries negatively.

In the coming days, The Senior Citizens League will keep a close eye on the evolving negotiations, and we will be sure to post updates here in the Legislative News section of our website.