NASCOE Legislative BriefingImage
October 7, 2013
1:00 PM Eastern time
NASCOE Leadership, Executives, National Chairs, And Leg team, Hunter Moorhead

Television/news reports are accurate – limited negotiations between House, Senate and President.

Debt limit deadline is Oct 17 and may drag on until then, doesn’t appear that anything will happen this week to re-open the government.

Congress is scheduled to be in recess next week but feel pretty confident that will be canceled (although no one has said that) and Members will continue Washington activities.

House passed a bill last week that would provide back pay and benefits, it is not on the senate’s schedule but this may be the only bill that clears the senate for the President’s signature.

Every phone call to congress makes a difference. Focus especially on the senate side. Would encourage membership to keep sending CAP-WIZ alerts and keep making those contacts.

Nothing to report on the farm bill other than the staff is talking. A number of House and Senate staff not working based on government shutdown.

House prepared to announce Farm Bill conferees but may wait until government shutdown negotiations reach some type resolution.

Things could break at any moment but we don’t see any signs of that happening before Friday.

The house thinks the 17th is the opportunity to get the white house to cave on some of their demands. The current group in the house wants spending addressed and is willing to shut down the government to get it.

It will probably take a broad agreement along with a debt limit proposal to end this shut down.The negotiations include the president, Harry Reid, and John Boehner so the information is not really spreading to other members of congress.Could be a chance that there is a short term debt limit increase to give congress time to put together a broader agreement that includes a farm bill and a continuing resolution, but this is still up in the air.

With no end in sight it might be a good idea to go ahead and file for unemployment benefits, it couldn’t hurt, worst that could happen is that you get home and find out there has been an agreement and the government reopens.