In between the fight over the Supreme Court, the Senate passed a few bills that the House had sent over before they exited Washington the week before. The House has adjourned until November 13, 2018. The Senate may remain around as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calculates both the political advantage of keeping senators in Washington while also trying to approve as many Trump Administration appointees as possible.

With the enactment of the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (HR 6157—final chart here), Congress extended the remaining approximate 30 percent of federal funding of the government to December 7, 2018.

In addition, various programs without an expected reauthorization: TANF, nutrition programs through the agriculture reauthorization, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) were all extended to December 7, 2018—the last one may take on special significance when Congress returns due to the current Supreme Court debate.