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Legislative Update

Senate. The Senate will continue to consider nominations.

House. Four bills that were on last week’s agenda are on the schedule once again this week. After a handful of Republicans blocked approval of the rule for floor consideration on June 6, action on the bills stalled. If Speaker Kevin McCarthy is able to resolve the intraparty dispute, which is centered on unhappiness with the debt ceiling deal not the substance of the four bills, the House is expected to vote on two bills dealing with federal regulations and two bills dealing with gas stoves. In addition, lawmakers could vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution that would overturn an agency rule subjecting certain pistols with stabilizing braces to the same regulations as short-barreled rifles.

Appropriations. Among the concerns with the debt ceiling deal expressed by some House Republicans is that the cap for non-defense spending is higher than they would like. House Appropriations Chair Kay Granger (R-Tex.) has not announced whether her committee plans to put forth bills that propose to spend less than the non-defense cap, but on Tuesday the committee will mark up the FY 2024 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs bill. There is also the possibility that the full committee will mark up the Agriculture/FDA bill on Wednesday, but the committee has not yet issued a notice of the markup session. Similarly, it’s possible, but not yet official, that markups could take place at the subcommittee level on Thursday for the Defense and Energy and Water bills. Next week, the full committee is looking to mark up bills on June 21, 22, and 23.

Tax Bill. On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will mark up three bills that comprise a Republican economic package. Among the measures is the Build It in America Act, which, among other things, would address three corporate tax benefits that were recently cut back by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The measure would retroactively restore more favorable tax treatment for R&D expenses, business interest deduction, and bonus depreciation while extending that treatment through 2025.

FAA Reauthorization. The leadership of the House Transportation Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee introduced a bipartisan proposal on Friday to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. The committee is planning to mark up the proposal on Tuesday, with the possibility that the markup session could be continued on Wednesday. Meanwhile on the Senate side, the Commerce Committee plans to mark up its yet-to-be-released version on Thursday.

Sports Agenda. It will be an active week for lawmakers on the sports front. The Congressional Soccer Match is set for Tuesday at Audi Field, while the Congressional Baseball Game is Wednesday at Nationals Park.

Special Election. The Utah governor has set the dates for elections to replace Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), who plans to resign on Sept. 15 because of his wife’s health. A special primary will be Sept. 5 and the special general election will be Nov. 21.

Committee Action of Note

Monday, June 12

  • House Rules Committee Markup on the REINS Act of 2023; H.R. 288 – Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2023; H.R. 1615 – Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act; H.R. 1640 – Save Our Gas Stoves Act; and H.J. Res 44 relating to firearms with stabilizing braces

Tuesday, June 13

  • Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress”
  • Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Hearing: “Oversight and Implementation of Travel and Tourism Legislation”
  • Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law Hearing: “Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights”
  • House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology Hearing: “Future of FEMA: Agency Perspectives with Administrator Criswell”
  • House Armed Services Subcommittee Markups of H.R. 2670 – National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2024
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
    • Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
    • Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Hearing: “Oversight of FERC: Adhering to a Mission of Affordable and Reliable Energy for America”
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing: “Legislative Solutions to Bolster Preparedness and Response for All Hazards and Public Health Security Threats”
  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Markup of H.R. 3935, the “Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act” and other matters
  • House Appropriations Committee Markup: FY 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • House Ways and Means Committee Markup:
    • H.R.____, the “United States-Taiwan Initiative on the 21st-Century Trade First Agreement Implementation Act”
    • H.R. 3936, the “Tax Cuts for Working Families Act”
    • H.R. 3937, the “Small Business Jobs Act”
    • H.R. 3938, the “Build It in America Act”
  • House Financial Services Committee Hearing: “The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of Treasury on the State of International Financial System” with Secretary Janet Yellen
  • House Education and Workforce Hearing: “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services” with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
  • House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Hearing: “Oversight of CDC Policies and Decisions During the COVID-19 Pandemic” with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky
  • House Financial Services Committee Hearing: “The Future of Digital Assets: Providing Clarity for the Digital Asset Ecosystem”
  • House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Energy Hearing: “From Theory to Reality: The Limitless Potential of Fusion Energy”

Wednesday, June 14

  • Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: “Enhancing American Competitiveness Through the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation”
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing: “Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act by the Federal Highway Administration”
  • Senate Finance Committee Hearing: “Anti-Poverty and Family Support Provisions in the Tax Code”
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: “Ensuring the Safety and Well-Being of Unaccompanied Children”
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: “Ensuring an Impartial Judiciary: Supreme Court Ethics Recusal, and Transparency Act of 2023”
  • House Financial Services Committee Hearing: “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”
  • House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Research, and Biotechnology Hearing: “A Review of Title VII: University Perspectives on Research and Extension Programs”
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing: “Examining Proposals that Provide Access to Care for Patients and Support Research for Rare Diseases”
  • House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness Markup of H.R. 2670 – National Defense Authorization Act:
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security Hearing: “Oversight of NRC: Ensuring Efficient and Predictable Nuclear Safety Regulation for a Prosperous America”
  • House Oversight and Accountability Hearing: “Death by a Thousand Regulations: The Biden Administration’s Campaign to Bury America in Red Tape”
  • House Homeland Security Committee Hearing: “Open Borders, Close Case: Secretary Mayorkas’ Dereliction on the Border Crisis”
  • House Administration Committee Hearing: “American Confidence in Elections: The Role of the Election Assistance Commission in Free, Fair, and Secure Elections”
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing: “Assessing U.S. Efforts to Counter China’s Coercive Belt and Road Diplomacy”
  • TENTATIVE: House Appropriations Committee Markup of FY 2024 Agriculture/Food and Drug Administration bill

Thursday, June 15

  • Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Markup on several measures, including bills dealing with Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and blood disorder diseases
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight Hearing: “Impacts of Plastic Production and Disposal on Environmental Justice Communities”
  • Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Hearing: “Executive Session: FAA Reauthorization”
  • TENTATIVE: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Markup of FY 2024 appropriations bill
  • TENTATIVE: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Markup of FY 2024 appropriations bill

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