In a week shortened by a historic visit and address to Congress by the Pope, the
is planning to take up the House-passed abortion-related legislation. The legislation would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even though similar legislation has been ruled unconstitutional at the state level. The
returns to meet on Thursday, following observation of Yom Kippur. They will debate and vote on the RAPID Act, or Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Act. The legislation establishes procedures to streamline the regulatory review, environmental decision making and permitting process for major federal actions that are construction activities undertaken, reviewed or funded by federal agencies.
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