• House Republicans Rush to Finish Work Before Recess
  • July 26, 2014
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • House Republicans are rushing to finish a number of legislative initiatives before the month-long August recess begins.

    At the very top of House Republican's to do list is a short-term spending bill aimed at keeping the government open and avoiding another politically damaging shut down. The current funding expires on Oct. 1 and House GOP leaders are hoping to pass a short-term bill that will keep the government funded and operating at current levels beyond Election Day in November.

    To date, the House has passed seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills, while the Senate has passed none. And despite all of the talk about a return to “regular order” earlier this year, there is little expectation that the two chambers will complete passage of the bills on time.

    In addition to a short-term spending bill, House Republican leadership is hoping to hold a vote on their plan for dealing with the current immigration crisis on our southern border. This week, the House formally rolled out the “Granger Plan” that includes $1.5 billion in supplemental spending—far short of the $3.7 billion the president requested.

    The House also hopes that negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Veterans Affairs Department reform legislation can be completed and that a vote on the final bill can be held next week.

    Finally, the House plans on voting to formally authorize House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) lawsuit against President Obama regarding his use of executive power.