CUNA is prepared to push a number of legislative priorities when Congress returns from the election break and conducts a likely short “lame duck” session in the final days of the 114th Congress. CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan said Tuesday that an effective lame duck session may not happen.
“As we move toward the end of the year, conventional wisdom suggests it may not be prudent to expect much from this Congress. With just a handful of legislative days left before the election, prospects for the lame duck right now are uncertain,” Donovan said. “That’s one of the key things we’ll be trying to figure out this month. A number of our priorities are well-positioned to move in the event a functional and efficient lame duck takes place.”
Donovan added that the only major item on the congressional “to-do” list before the end of session is to find a way to fund the government after Sept. 30.
According to the tentative Senate calendar, the Senate will depart Washington, D.C., after Oct. 7, return Nov. 14-18, and be in session Nov. 28 through Dec. 16. According to the House Majority Leader’s schedule, the House will depart Sept. 30, return to D.C. Nov. 14-17 and Nov. 28 through Dec. 16 before adjourning.
This week, CUNA will be monitoring a number of hearings, including: