November Washington D.C. Preview

November 4, 2019

QUICK FIX

— Fighting a funding lapse: Funding runs out again this month for the entire federal government. While a shutdown is unlikely, so is the prospect of Congress passing anything besides another stopgap before the Nov. 21 deadline hits. And leaders in both parties are still warning that a funding lapse is possible in the months to come, particularly amid the heightened partisanship amid the House's impeachment inquiry. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have privately agreed the next stopgap should not fund the government beyond Dec. 31, a deadline meant to pressure lawmakers into finishing all 12 annual appropriations bills before the end of the calendar year. Still, it is probable that at least some of the dozen spending measures will remain unfinished beyond midnight on New Year's Eve.

 

— Waiting for a China deal: President Donald Trump says he's still set to sign his much-touted "phase one" trade deal with China this month, even though the cancellation of the Nov. 16-17 APEC eliminates the venue and deadline for inking the agreement.

 

— SCOTUS to take up DACA cases: The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Nov. 12 on cases challenging the Trump administration's decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides deportation relief to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The Trump administration in 2017 announc