This Week’s Update

The House passed H.R. 3621, “The Student Borrower Credit Improvement Act,” as well as a pair of resolutions to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq and clarify that Congress has not previously authorized any use of military force against Iran.

This Week in Congress

  • House – The House passed H.R. 3621, “The Student Borrower Credit Improvement Act,” as well as a pair of resolutions to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq and clarify that Congress has not previously authorized any use of military force against Iran.
  • Senate – The Senate continued the impeachment trial of President Trump. The Senate concluded opening arguments on Tuesday and the questioning period on Thursday. After the questioning period, the trial rules allow for 4 hours of argument by the parties, equally divided, followed by deliberation and vote on whether to call witnesses or subpoena documents. If witnesses are not called, the final votes on conviction could occur as early as Friday night or Saturday morning, but other motions could be made that could potentially extend the trial into next week.

Next Week in Congress

  • House – The House will meet in a joint session with the Senate on Tuesday night to receive the President’s State of the Union address. The House is expected to consider the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 2474) and a supplemental appropriations bill to provide aid to Puerto Rico.
  • Senate – The Senate may continue the impeachment trial of President Trump, depending on whether witnesses are called and whether other motions are made that could extend the trial. Limited legislative activity is likely to occur during the trial. If the trial concludes the Senate is expected to continue consideration of pending nominations.

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