October 1, 2021
Amy Walter, who recently took over the Cook Political Report, said this week that “this is the most consequential week of President Biden’s young Presidency,” – and she is correct. Today is the first day of the new fiscal year, and Congress just yesterday passed a continuing resolution to continue funding levels for a specific length of time. Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling before mid-October, the House of Representatives will be voting this week (maybe) on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) bill, and there is continuing work in the Senate and the House on the proposed ‘human’ infrastructure bill currently priced at $3.5 trillion that Democrats want to pass using the budget reconciliation process.
This Week in Washington includes a summary and analysis of this crazy week’s events in Patrick Robertson’s Washington Whispers. In fact, we have pushed back our normal release time to give Patrick enough time to accurately report on the latest with the ‘Manchinema vs. Progressives’ heavyweight bout. Congressman Erik Paulsen has an article about a Ways and Means proposal that is not good news for many small businesses, and Al Jackson shares an update on all things defense. Ramona Lessen summarizes two recent Senate hearings – one on CARES Act Oversight of the Treasury and Federal Reserve, and another reviewing the administration of laws under jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. And, Jesse Weathington gives us the latest in Georgia with his Gold Dome Report.
It’s been a hectic week (and isn’t finished yet), but we are already planning the next issue of TWIW, which will include the next Total Spectrum Spotlight.