A dignified calm has fallen upon the Capital city as the Nation mourns the passing of the 41st President George H.W. Bush. We don’t expect it to last.The final days of total Republican control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are quickly coming to an end, and with that a dual focus has emerged; tracking the wrap up to the 115th and speculating on just how the opening days and months of the 116th Congress will play out with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
Congress is struggling to finish up the appropriations work for FY 2019 having sent only 5 of the 12 bills to the President’s desk. Of the 7 remaining, most of the outstanding issue shave been addressed and are awaiting agreement on the most continuous issue of 2018, funding for a wall at the southern border.Speculation on how this turns out is futile. We have some educated guesses, but the politics of immigration have become akin to trench warfare in DC and our scenarios rely on one side blinking first. Which side will, we can’t say with certainty.
What we do know is that as the calendar ticks closer to Christmas, members of congress tend to look for ways to kick the can down the road. Congress returns to session the week of December 10th will a stop gap spending bill in place until the 21st. We expect the world of the possible in terms of legislating to get much smaller as the days go by.
So we offer this, as your Federal Lobbyists in DC, as we watch the majesty of a presidential funeral, and look forward to the Holidays, we ask you to reflect on a favorite quote from former President Bush; “There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. Find something to do. Get off the bench. Don’t sit there whining, sucking your thumb, get in the game.”
We look forward to staying in the game in the 116th Congress.
Source: AAMA Loose Change