Congress Returns with Looming Deadlines

The Senate reconvened yesterday, September 8 and the House of Representatives will be back in session next week. Both chambers have only a few working days to accomplish a myriad of tasks before they are set to adjourn before the elections: The House will adjourn on October 2 and the Senate will adjourn on October 9.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding runs out on September 30, legislators will need to pass FY 2021 to advert a government shutdown. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have purportedly reached an agreement to fund the government through a continuing resolution, though its duration remains unclear.

Also, on the to-do list are a COVID-19 relief package and extension of the surface transportation authorization, which runs out on September 30. Negotiations on the COVID-19 remain at a stalemate. The Senate is poised to vote on a so-called “skinny” relief package, which would include $300-per-week federal unemployment payments on top of regular state benefits, another round of funding to aid small and medium-sized businesses, liability protections and $105 billion for education, among other provisions.

NH&RA and our partners will continue to push for provisions from the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to be included in the COVID-19 relief package. Join us for tomorrow’s town hall to learn what you can do to encourage Congress to fund landlord and renter’s assistance.