Lawmakers eye early exit from Washington
Lawmakers are sprinting to the finish line as they try to leave Washington a week early.
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in Washington until Dec. 16, but leadership in both chambers are signaling they want to wrap up their work next week.
“It is our hope that we can be finished by Dec. 8,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the House GOP leader, said from the floor on Friday.
McCarthy said House lawmakers will finish two must-pass items left on their 2016 agenda — a short-term government-funding bill and a water resources bill — next week.
Senators in both parties are also predicting they will leave Washington for the year at the end of next week.
Any senator could use the Senate rules to drag out the upper chamber’s procedural clock and eat up days of debate time. Though no lawmaker has publicly threatened to do so, the move would easily force senators to stay in town past Dec. 9.
There has been some question and speculation if a Supreme Court appointment could be made by Obama during such a recess. The answer may be yes. (Relevant articles here and here). I’m sure the GOP is well aware of this. :shrug: