UPDATED 8:30 AM PT – Thur. January 3, 2019
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi sets her agenda for the day, as she is poised to reclaim her title as House Speaker.
As the 116th Congress convenes for the first time Thursday, the California Democrat is expected to get her gavel back, push through new House rules, and then try to end the partial government shutdown.
All that’s needed is a simple majority to pass a government funding bill, making it impossible for Republicans to stop it from advancing in the House.
However, Senate Republicans can stall it in the upper chamber.
“Of course there is urgent business that the new House and the new Senate will need to tackle immediately. Democrats like to get finally serious about border security so that a government funding agreement can be reached, it can pass the House or 60 votes in the Senate, and get a presidential signature,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell. “All three of those things are needed to make a law. One partisan vote in the House tomorrow is not going to solve anything.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the shutdown vote is just a political sideshow.
But changing the House rules will not be passed smoothly on Pelosi’s first day, as progressive lawmakers have pledged to oppose the bills.