Our government now “Creeps in this petty pace from day to day”

According to the House Schedule the first votes today will start at Noon. Although we hope for big blue changes, for the moment progress, as Shakespeare said, “creeps in this petty pace.” Ending the shutdown and assuring that Trump can not waste money on his Wall will take some time.

It will be interesting to see how our delegation members vote on Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. Jeff Van Drew and Mikie Sherrill have said they will oppose her. Despite some opposition, Pelosi is almost guaranteed to win. 

Presumably there will be a vote in the House on two bills to end the shutdown which should pass. The bills would fund all the closed departments except Homeland Security, which would get temporary funding. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not post them unless President Trump promises to sign them. As the bills have no funding for the a Wall, Trump remains adamantly opposed to them. There may also be votes on other matters today.

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For the House, Friday will be a work week with votes no later than 3:00 PM. On Monday no votes. On Tuesday votes postponed to 6:30 PM. Wednesday and Thursday work sessions with no votes. Friday votes no later than 3:00 PM. 

The Senate tentative schedule includes convening today and not meeting again until January 8. Such suggests that the shutdown will continue at least until January 8 or whenever a deal is reached between the House, Senate and President. There is nothing promising on the horizon now. 

Photo Credit: Erin Schaff for The New York Times

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