Time Ticking on Continuing Resolution; Priority Votes Delayed Post-Midterms
September 19, 2022
Congress made no progress last week to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running beyond September 30, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Democrats to prepare to be in session October 1.
Why it matters: Congress won’t be in session on Sept. 26-27 due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday, leaving fewer days to negotiate must-pass legislation; it is also now doubtful that permitting reform will be included in the CR. Permitting is the process for gaining federal approval for energy projects, including oil and gas pipelines, which often undergo extensive review for their environmental impact.
The big picture: Senators are crying foul as they’re being asked to vote for permitting reform, but Joe Manchin (D-WV) has refused to share text of his legislation until the CR is released later this week. Manchin needs 20 Senate Republicans to vote for his legislation.
Instead Senate Republicans are supporting an alternative proposal by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who told Punchbowl News: