While most Americans take a 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving, Congress has taken an extra week. This doesn’t mean that nothing is happening behind the scenes. Most Congressional staffers are working (and have been through the holiday).

It now appears that all of the budget bills – Labor HHS, Defense, etc. – will be consolidated into one large Omnibus budget bill. Unfortunately things do not look great that a nurse amendment will be added to the Omnibus bill. Still, lobbying continues and it would not be a complete surprise.