All members of the same body commenced their vacation just before Year 2017 drew to a close.
The United States citizenry's anticipation for the first part of Year 2018 is lucid: it invokes tremendous hopes and similar wishes for the immediate solution of increasingly growing problematical issues that have still to obtain resolves spurred by realistic moves.
Inevitably, the spotlight will be on Congress.
Two main subjects, already named by political analysts have been identified: the Budget Deal, and the shutdown deadline.
It was not just bruited about, but described as 'under much pressure;' how the nation's lawmakers to obtain that "deal" aimed at the increase of budget caps to stave off what has been identified as "across-the-board-spending cuts," otherwise known as "sequestration."
Reportedly, news coverage of negotiations has not been in the limelight, but two significant subjects continue to stand out: two-year budget agreement(s) that would aim to "cover the rest of the 2018 fiscal year (FY) and FY 2019."
Notes of cheer have surfaced: "Once a budget deal is enacted, appropriations can start work on a package known as an 'omnibus' that would fund the entire federal government through September 2019."
A disturbing note that has arisen anew: how to avert a January 19th government shutdown which was taken up earlier as news reports have warned.
However unpronounced the budget deal and the shutdown deadline have been, these two subjects have been marked as increasingly taking on their most vital roles.
There were two unresolved subjects when the country's lawmakers as proclaimed on Congress' holiday vacation: immigration and foreign surveillance.
The non-resolution of the aforementioned subjects is deemed to be very contentious.
Congress must solve the issue of "whether to protect young immigrants losing the protection beginning in March of 2018 of an Obama-era program shielding them from deportation."
What has been noted by observers on the same subject as the "Dreamers." Democrats may not agree to keep the government funded without a deal for the same group: the "Dreamers."
Already, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) the No. 2 Senate Republican, has been heard to say more about the resumption of the Senate's January return: "We get up and do the same thing over and over again. It's maddening."
The same voice identified their up and coming legislative January schedule as "Groundhog Day."
Another subject the legislators are bound to take up: Disaster Aid. It was reported how the Senate was known to have 'punted' a House-passed disaster aid bill after reports had shown how 'leadership' failed to get an agreement to hasten the debate of the legislation in December 2017.
Some salient points of the Disaster Aid $91-billion package: provides aid for communities affected by recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The same Aid Package likewise touched on the wildfires in California.
Highly expected to take up the foregoing by the Senate when the members return, two senators from Texas, Cornyn and his fellow Republican, Senator Ted Cruz have expressed their wishes for more funding in regard to their state's Hurricane Harvey efforts at recovery.
Senator Cruz explained how his state had suffered more than $180 billion in hurricane damage, as he voiced out his deep concerns that Texas would "only be eligible for a small portion of the money in the House bill."
Another subject of widespread uneasiness as the sounds of vacation were heard: Immigration will be taken up significantly by the Senate. Yes, it was made emphatic.
The Senate is 'eyeing a vote on an agreement linking a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and border security.'
Yet, it is anticipated that divisions might remain on such key issues, including those covered by DACA "should get citizenship; how many
individuals would be covered; and what security provisions would be part of the package."
It has always been a given re voices from House conservatives expressed their resistance on a legislative fix on DACA.
Notably, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) promised Conservatives as soon as he had assumed his post, that he would not bring up any immigration bill that lacked support from a majority, in other words, "any DACA border security deal is sure to face a tough path in the House."
As Year 2017 will soon be part of the past, 2018 will be highly watched by an anxious US citizenry.
Philippine News extends its New Year greetings to its readership as it moves forward in remembrance of its founding in 1961