Advances - Week of Aug. 2
7/31/20 6:47 PM
With two quick votes, the House and Senate this week dramatically reshaped the 2019-2020 session. Instead of a stream of bill signings to trumpet their accomplishments as they begin to focus on getting reelected, lawmakers head into August unsure if and when they will strike key legislative agreements but with the knowledge that they have more time to get their unfinished work done. By suspending the joint rule requiring major legislative work to be completed by July 31, legislators have removed one of the most important motivating factors to close deals: a deadline.
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