Senate. Early this week the Senate could vote on legislation that would extend around-the-clock protection to family members of Supreme Court justices. Supporters of the measure are hoping it can be approved by unanimous consent. On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on a motion to end debate on legislation that would codify the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion rights. The motion will fail to get the necessary 60 votes to end debate. Also on the agenda this week will be continued consideration of nominations.
House. There is speculation that the House could vote this week on a Ukrainian aid bill that would provide slightly more in funding than the President’s recent request of $33 billion. While Democrats have discussed packaging the Ukrainian aid measure with additional funding to address the Covid pandemic, it appears that those two proposals will be considered separately. The House is also looking to vote on a proposal that would allow House staff to form a union. Rather than an up-or-down vote on the resolution itself, lawmakers may approve the measure as part of a vote on the rule governing floor consideration for an unrelated bill.
USICA/COMPETES. The first meeting of the House-Senate conference committee on the China competition bill is set for Thursday.
FY 2023 Appropriations. Administration officials will once again be on Capitol Hill this week to testify about President Biden’s FY 2023 budget request. Cabinet officials testifying include Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, HUD Secretary Fudge, Defense Secretary Austin, and Commerce Secretary Raimondo.
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May 10 Primaries. Voters will go to the polls Tuesday in West Virginia and Nebraska. In West Virginia, the state is losing a House seat due to redistricting, forcing Republican Reps. Alex Mooney and David McKinley to face each other in the primary for the re-drawn 2nd Congressional District.
House Vacancies. There will be one more House vacancy later this month when Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) resigns to become his state’s lieutenant governor. Gov. Kathy Hochul on May 3 announced Delgado as her choice to succeed Brian Benjamin, who resigned after his arrest on federal bribery charges. When Delgado gives up his House seat, the margins will be 220 Democrats/209 Republicans, with six vacancies – four Republicans and two Democrats.
Administration officials will be busy on Capitol Hill this week testifying on the President’s budget and responding to everything else that lawmakers want to question them on.Read More
With the House in recess until March 22, members will have time for a little travel outside of the nation’s capital.Read More
The President will unveil his FY 2024 budget on Thursday during an appearance in Philadelphia, and the next day members of the House Ways and Means Committee will question Treasury Secretary Yellen about the President’s proposal.Read More