The week ends with a growing list of “must do” items being added to the Congressional agenda.  The list includes the Supplemental Spending Bill that has been requested by the White House to send arms to Ukraine and Israel, the crisis at the Southern border, a bipartisan tax bill that overwhelmingly passed the House this week, and a government shutdown a month away.

While there appears to be support for sending arms to Ukraine and Israel, the votes to act seem to be slipping away.  Progressive Democrats are raising issues with respect to aid for Israel and some conservative Republicans have become opposed to aid for Ukraine.  In addition to the declining support for the Supplemental funding, there is the tug-of-war on a bipartisan border/immigration measure that is being developed in the Senate.  Senate Leader Charles Schumer has said that the bill will be introduced shortly, and the Immigration/Supplemental package could come to the Senate floor next week.

On the more positive side, the House demonstrated rare bipartisanship when it approved a tax bill that helped businesses with tax incentives while simultaneously renewing and expanding the Child Tax Credit designed to help impoverished working families.  The vote in the House was 357 to 70.  As has beco...

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