UPDATED 6:41 AM PT — Monday, September 9, 2019
Congress is poised to consider a slew of hot topic legislation as they return to the nation’s capitol, following a six week recess. Lawmakers will begin talks on an array of issues, including gun control, spending and trade.
Among the bills up for consideration is a proposal to increase the amount of tax dollars to go to the Department of Homeland Security. Those funds would then be allotted for domestic security efforts and the president’s promise to build a southern border wall. The move led to a prolonged government shutdown earlier this year as Democrat opponents refused to negotiate on the matter until finally reaching a spending agreement.
In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already laid out his plans to push through judicial confirmation hearings of conservative judges. With 163 judges already confirmed to the bench, McConnell has vowed not to leave a single position unfilled by the conclusion of 2020.
Second Amendment rights are also at the forefront of an intense legislative battle, with Democrats in both chambers fighting for tougher gun reform. One proposal seeks to bring forward a bill to make background checks to purchase a firearm more thorough despite criticism from the right. Republicans have encouraged expanding and improving laws already in place without making it harder to defend yourself in case of a life-threatening emergency.
Another topic coming to the immediate attention of Congress is the ongoing trade dispute with China, who is set face 30-percent tariffs on some $270 billion of Chinese goods next month. While some argue this will fall on American workers to pay, proponents see it as a way to promote the U.S. economy and as a move in support of workers losing their jobs to overseas outsourcing.
With Congress set to return to business as usual, it’s unknown how — or if — bipartisan talks will go down on Capitol Hill.