Next week’s election will determine whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Meanwhile, here’s what’s going on in Washington this week:
- In the final jobs report before the election, the Department of Labor reported an additional 161,000 jobs added to the economy. NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal explains why such lackluster economic growth translates into a 4.9% unemployment rate.
- The Federal Reserve voted to keep interest rates the same, but hinted rates could increase in December.
- After FBI Director James Comey announced a renewed investigation into Secretary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, the Democrats suddenly changed their tune. President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer all took shots at Director Comey.
- Senator John Cornyn says Congress will continue to investigate the Clinton scandals no matter who wins the election. And House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul suggested that Secretary Clinton could be impeached (if she is elected next week) for her actions in the email scandal.
- The Pentagon is putting together a $6 billion supplemental appropriations request to pay for the ongoing wards in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
- Here’s the latest fluctuating list of possible legislation that could be considered during the post-election lame duck session of Congress: A series of funding measures to keep the federal government open, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the energy bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (less and less likely), tax extenders, a vote to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court (unlikely), and the kitchen sink.
- Right after the election, before the lame duck session, the Republicans and Democrats will hold elections to decide leadership positions. All eyes are on the House Freedom Caucus and the race for Speaker of the House.
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan voted for Donald Trump, John Kasich voted for John McCain, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
- In this year’s bizarre presidential election, don’t forget about Congress. And don’t forget to vote on November 8.
Brian Williams is the NCPA’s Legislative Director.