Congress Is in a Unique Position to Actually Pass Legislation

In this week’s Brookings Cafeteria Podcast, John Hudak looks at what Congress is up to now that they are back in session. Hudak looks at three main issues that Congress is likely to address in the coming weeks.

The first is an authorization of the use of force in Iraq and Syria. The President has requested Congress authorize military action to combat ISIS, which will likely be taken up in the next few days. 

Second is a continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the year. This comes up occasionally in Congress, but has met some opposition in the past. But given the shadow of the midterm elections, Hudak doubts that anyone in Congress wants to have that fight, and we will likely have a clean continuing resolution passed soon.

Finally, Congress will look at reauthorization of the Export-Import bank, and it looks like the leadership of both parties has come together to move that through.

Listen to the audio segment below.