Federal Relations

July 30, 2012

Today in Congress

The House is not in session today. The Senate’s in at 2:00pm and will hold a procedural vote on the nomination of Robert E. Bacharach of Oklahoma to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate then will turn to S 3414, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. 

As reported last week, support is growing for a six-month continuing resolution (CR), which will delay FY 2013 spending decisions until next year and free up time during the lame-duck session for lawmakers to deal with expiring tax cuts and the budget sequester. House Republicans are expected to introduce the measure in September, when Congress returns from its five-week August recess, with a goal of averting a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins October 1st. However, the details, including funding levels, still need to be worked out.