It’s going to be another busy week in the political world, as the leading 2020 candidates will take part in the next Democratic debate on Wednesday night. The House will continue holding public impeachment hearings and is expected to vote on a short-term spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 20; Congress is facing a deadline of Nov. 21 to avoid a shutdown. The Senate, meanwhile, will continue confirming judges.
NEED TO KNOW FOR THE WEEK
The next Presidential Democratic primary debate will air at 9pm (ET) on Wednesday, November 20. MSNBC will be broadcasting the event.
The House and Senate have until November 21st t0 pass a spending bill to fund the government. Reports suggest that Congress is likely to pass legislation to extend government funding until Dec. 20, which could be around the time when the House is voting on impeachment.
WEEKEND QUICK HITS
PRESIDENT: Bloomberg: “Democrats Use Super-PACs To Blunt Trump’s Funding Dominance” (Bloomberg, 11/18/19)
LA GOV: On Saturday, incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) cobbled together enough cross-party support to defeat Republican businessman Eddie Rispone in the Louisiana governor race, getting about 51% of the vote. (The Associated Press, 11/17/19)
NORTH CAROLINA: Winston-Salem Journal: “N.C. General Assembly Clears 2020 Congressional Redistricting Map; Court Challenge Immediately Filed” (Winston-Salem Journal, 11/16/19)
CA-25: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) set the date for the special election to decide who will replace former Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA). The special election will take place on March 3, and if no candidate wins the majority, then a runoff will be held on May 12, the governor’s office said. (The Hill, 11/15/19)
THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA
- On Wednesday, November 20, President Trump will visit Apple’s manufacturing plant in Texas.
The U.S. Senate will meet at 3 p.m. today and resume consideration of Robert J. Luck to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. A cloture vote is expected at 5:30 p.m.
Last week, cloture was filed on the following, which the Senate will consider this week: Barbara Lagoa, of Florida, to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; and Adrian Zuckerman, of New Jersey, to be ambassador to Romania.
Other Items The Senate May Consider This Week:
- NDAA Conference Report
- United States-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement
- Sanctions against Turkey
U.S. House of Representatives
The House is expected to use H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, as the legislative vehicle to make further appropriations for fiscal year 2020. Amendments to the bill are due to the House Rules Committee by 4:00pm (ET) on Monday and the Committee is expected to report the rules for H.R. 1309 on Tuesday. Congress must pass an appropriations bill by November 21.
Notable Bills That May Be Considered Under Suspensions:
- R. 3702 – Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019
- R. 4300 – Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019
- R. 4344 – Investor Protection and Capital Markets Fairness Act
- R. 4634 – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019
- R. 1088 – FIRST Act
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Mark Kelly (D-AZ) will attend a “Conversation about Changing Policies and Challenging Injustice” event in Beverly Hills, CA.
Cristina Tzitzun Ramirez (D-TX) will speak at an event with The Texas Tribune in Austin, TX.
Sara Gideon, Betsy Sweet, and Bre Kidman (D-ME) will attend a student-led senatorial forum in Rockport, ME.
John Hickenlooper (D-CO) will attend a fundraiser in Greenwood Village, CO.
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) will attend the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Tribute Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) will attend a town hall in Wharton, NJ.
Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) will attend a town hall in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) will host a town hall in Las Vegas, NV.
Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) will attend a town hall in Stevens Avenue Solana Beach, CA.