The weekend news is likely to be dominated by the President’s trip to India to attend a G20 summit. Both Presidents Xi and Putin have decided not to attend, which will put an even brighter spotlight on the US President.

The Senate returned this past week but the House remained on the August/Labor Day break. Much attention was focused on Senator McConnell, who largely avoided discussions of his health. However, he was vocal in his support for Ukraine and the potential tug of war between the House and Senate to approve the President’s request for $40B in emergency supplemental funding, likely as part of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government open after the fiscal year deadline.

The emergency supplemental funding would refill the coffers for FEMA’s emergency relief, money for increased assistance at the Southern border, and the war in Ukraine. The Senate has made clear that the President’s request has strong bipartisan support, but in the House there is growing Republican dissatisfaction with the war in Ukraine. Speaker McCarthy has reportedly floated the idea among House Republicans that they could pass a CR to keep the government open until mid-November and add money for the border and FEMA but not Ukraine. This is unlikely to be acceptable to either th...

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