The House and Senate have returned after the Thanksgiving holiday, and they certainly have their work cut out for them for the rest of the year. As the calendar year draws to a close, the halls of Congress will once again be the bustling epicenter of legislative activity where lawmakers grapple with pressing issues, looming deadlines, and a sense of urgency to fulfill their constitutional duties. Amid this orchestrated race, the fate of crucial government funding, appropriations, and high-stakes international aid hangs in the balance.
In late October, Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) was elected as the Speaker of the House. Since then, he has faced no shortage of challenges and has laid out his agenda for the coming months, with top priorities including appropriations, extending FAA, Farm Bill programs, and the NDAA. See below for Ferox’s Winter Forecast for an overview of activity anticipated for the remainder of 2023 and into the first couple of months of 2024: