Energy and Climate Debate -
Congress is in recess this week for the Columbus Day holiday, but will return next week with full schedules in both chambers.
The House will focus heavily on the leadership race to replace retiring Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) when it returns next week. With Representative Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) sudden decision last week to drop out of the speaker’s race, House leadership and legislation as a whole are in limbo, with the consequences ranging from highway reauthorization expiring October 29; to a threat to the debt limit, which must be addressed by November 5; to Medicare premium increases; to federal government spending, with the current continuing resolution scheduled to expire December 11; to the Positive Train Control reprieve deadline expiring December 31; to a need to renew the Export-Import Bank, whose authorization expired at the end of June.
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