Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of October 5, 2020  
Congressional Outlook

The House is in recess this week and is scheduled to return to Washington on November 16. The Senate was originally scheduled to be in session this week, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided to adjourn the Senate through October 19 after President Trump and three Senators (Mike Lee [R-UT], Thom Tillis [R-NC], and Ron Johnson [R-WI]) tested positive for the coronavirus over the past several days.  
Even with the two-week adjournment for the upper chamber, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday formally scheduled the Committee to start its days-long hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination on Oct. 12. The days-long hearing will pave the way for a committee vote on Barrett's nomination on Oct. 22. Senate Republicans want to confirm Barrett on the Senate floor during the final week of October.
President Trump over the weekend pressed for a deal on another round of pandemic aid to jolt the U.S. economic recovery, saying the country "wants and needs" fiscal stimulus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Friday that negotiations with the White House will press ahead and Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis might change the tenor of the talks by underscoring the seriousness of the pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The two sides remain far apart on how much of a boost to provide and what it should target. Democrats in the House on Thursday passed their revamped $2.2 trillion HEROES Act-down from the $3.4 trillion plan they passed on May 15-as their latest offer. Mnuchin has proposed a plan of about $1.6 trillion. Leader McConnell said on Friday that the talks have "speeded up in the last few days," though he did not make a prediction about the eventual outcome. House lawmakers could return to Washington for a vote, or vote via proxy, at some date in October if a deal is reached. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said lawmakers will be given 24 hours' notice ahead of a potential vote.
Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) will participate in the sole 2020 Vice Presidential debate on Wednesday, October 7 from 9-10:30pm ET. The debate will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today and will take place at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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