published : 2023-10-17

Senate Reconvenes to Address Funding Packages and Aid Negotiations

The Senate kicks off the week with a laundry list of tasks

An aerial view of the Senate building, capturing the essence of legislative power. Taken with a Nikon D850.

The Senate is back in session this week, focusing on crucial negotiations regarding funding packages and aid to Israel and Ukraine.

Senate leaders await the official supplemental request from the Biden administration before drafting an official package, which could take more than a week.

Last week, the administration briefed the upper chamber on a 'mega package' request that encompasses aid to Israel, Ukraine, Taiwan, and border security.

Expected floor action for the week centers around three separate appropriations bills combined into one legislative package for the 2024 fiscal year.

The bills include funding for the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.

A close-up shot of a document titled 'Funding Packages', emphasizing the importance of negotiations. Taken with a Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

A temporary spending patch agreed upon by the Senate before the September 30 deadline will expire on November 17.

In the midst of these negotiations, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a closed-door briefing, while Senate leaders reconvene their weekly luncheons with a corresponding press conference.

The topics of aid to Israel and Ukraine are expected to be a prominent part of the discussions.

On Wednesday, Attorney and former secretary of the treasury, Jack Lew, nominated to be ambassador to Israel, will have a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Following the hearing, a vote will be scheduled. Lew brings experience from both the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations.

A photo of the iconic Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, symbolizing the significance of aid to Israel. Taken with a Sony Alpha a7R IV.

Notably, Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama remains firm in his resistance to military nominations until the Pentagon revises its abortion policy.

Despite the war in Israel, Tuberville stands by his position.

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