Senate returns to recess leftovers
The Senate returns Tuesday to a full slate of negotiations Congress failed to complete before blowing town for Memorial Day.
Driving the news: Next steps on a Jan. 6 commission will compete with infrastructure talks, police reform and a China-focused package on U.S. competitiveness.
Infrastructure: Democrats and the White House see this week as their deadline for having a clear direction about where infrastructure talks are going.
- Both parties still haven't agreed how to define the term, set the price tag or pay for it. Discussions between President Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) aim to move them closer.
China bill: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is eager to get his $200 billion-plus China package — which has heavy GOP involvement — across the finish line by the end of the week.
Police reform: Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lead GOP negotiator, said it's "June-or-bust" to get this done. He and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) continued their talks over recess and remain optimistic they can strike a deal.
- Negotiators are said to be resolving the last 10% of their differences — including how to address qualified immunity.
Jan. 6 investigations: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, says the panel and the Senate Homeland Security Committee will release their review of the Jan. 6 insurrection this week.
- The next move may have to come from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after Senate Republicans blocked a 9/11-style, bipartisan commission.
- Biden has said Congress, not the White House, should take the lead. Democratic leaders are now leaning toward a select committee to investigate what happened.