What Senate Democrats want to do in the lame duck session
There are only six weeks left in the 117th Congress and we have now entered the lame duck session. Senate Democrats have a few bills they still want to get done, and Congress has an Omnibus spending bill it must approve to avoid a partial government shutdown. Funding for discretionary government spending expires December 16th.
In addition, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he wants to work on a bipartisan basis to get the debt limit fixed. Although a number of Senate republicans say it’s unlikely. Either way, there’s time. US government borrowing isn’t expected to hit the debt ceiling, or it’s maximum borrowing level, until sometime in the third quarter of next year.
Senate Democrats say another big priority is getting the DREAM Act passed, a bill that would give DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship. It’s already been approved in the House and they think they can make a deal with Republicans to get it passed before the end of the term.
Schumer: Cause our ultimate goal is to help the dreamers but get a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.
Schumer says he will pursue comprehensive immigration reform in the next Senate.
This comes on the heels of two legislative victories, final congressional approval on the Respect for Marriage Act – codifying same sex marriage into law, and the Speak Out Act – prohibiting pre-dispute non-discloure agreements in employment contracts. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.