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Report: Fiscal Decisions Await Returning Post-Election Congress

CongressThe Congress has reconvened for the lame-duck session and will face decisions on new budget measures to keep the government afloat and fund defense programs, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Emily Kopp writes congressional agenda for the next few weeks could also include emergency funding to stop the Ebola outbreak and the Islamic State group.

Stan Collender, executive vice president of public relations firm Qorvis MSL Group, believes Democrat lawmakers will back an omnibus spending bill or a long-term continuing resolution, according to the station.

The station reports the defense authorization bill is considered “must pass” because it serves as a vehicle for measures that would not pass as standalone legislation.

Greg Stanford, legislative director for the Federal Managers Association, told the station he plans to urge lawmakers to break the cycle of fiscal uncertainty and will watch out for bills that could block a proposed federal pay increase.

According to Kopp’s report, the Senate aims to confirm as many presidential nominees as possible before the next Congress convenes.

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