Hoyer confirms House will be in session for third week in December

Hoyer confirms House will be in session for third week in December
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The House was initially scheduled to recess for the holidays on Dec. 12, though many expected the chamber to remain in session for the additional week. 

"First votes of the week are expected to occur early in the day on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, with last votes of the week expected on Friday, December 20, 2019," the message from Hoyer to House lawmakers states. "Exact timing of last votes for the week will be announced at a later date, but Members are advised that last votes may occur later than 3:00 p.m. This is a change from the previously announced schedule.” 

Congress faces a Dec. 20 deadline to pass legislation to keep the government funded. 

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While top negotiators from the House and Senate reached an agreement on top-line numbers for the fiscal 2020 legislation, the additional days in session will provide members with more time to hash out the details on the spending legislation to avert a government shutdown. The move comes after Congress passed a stopgap measure to keep the government funded ahead of the Thanksgiving recess. 

Democrats are also moving ahead with an impeachment process that many think could lead to a vote on the House floor on President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE's impeachment the week of Dec. 16.