The House and Senate reportedly are working on the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act this week, with leaders in the House and Senate promising a draft agreement soon, according to a report.
E&E News reports that Congress returns from recess today to tackle the NDAA and a host of other issues, including appropriations. The current continuing resolution is set to expire Nov. 21, and Congress must pass another spending bill by then to avoid a government shutdown.
The usually bipartisan NDAA has been anything but this year. The House approved its version of the bill over the summer, but the vote was 220-197, with no Republicans supporting it. GOP leadership accused Democrats of filling the bill with “poison pills,” such as measures that would limit activities on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gridlock in Congress over those issues as well as the ongoing impeachment process has raised concerns that the NDAA will be further delayed and that the continuing resolution could last for a full year.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on developments.