Congress has returned from its August recess, and will focus on legislation that must be passed by the end of the fiscal year on September 30, including appropriations legislation, and a short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration.

This week the House will debate the “‘Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018” (H.R. 3354), which includes the remaining appropriations bills that the House must consider for Fiscal Year 2018:

  • The “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”;
  • The “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”;
  • The “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”;
  • The “Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act”;The “Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act”;
  • The “Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”;
  • The “Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act”; and
  • The “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”.

Even if the House passes this package of bills, it is almost certain that a short-term “continuing resolution” will be required to fund the government after September 30, as Congress and the President work out the details of a final Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill (or series of bills).

Also on the near-term agenda will be funding for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Administration has prepared a request for $12.7 billion: $6 billion to be enacted in the coming days; and an additional $6.7 billion to be attached to the stop-gap continuing resolution later in the month.

President Trump is continuing his push on tax reform legislation as he was scheduled to meet on Tuesday with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). On Wednesday he will talk up tax reform in a speech in North Dakota.