Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress hold floor votes.
• Negotiations between a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the White House on a large-scale infrastructure bill enter a critical phase this week.
• The Senate will vote on Democrats’ voting and campaign finance legislation that is likely to fail on a procedural motion.
• BakerHostetler’s 32nd Annual Legislative Seminar will host two important House leaders: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., today, and Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., on Wednesday.
- The House will be in session Tuesday through Friday. The agenda centers on nullifying various rules from the Trump administration using the Congressional Review Act.
- The Natural Resources Committee will hold a legislative hearing Tuesday on ocean-based climate action.
- Hoyer highlights the continuation of BakerHostetler’s 32nd Annual Legislative Seminar Series this afternoon, followed Wednesday by McMorris, the Energy and Commerce Committee Republican leader.
- The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.
- The Senate plans to continue working on President Biden’s nominees and will vote on election and campaign finance legislation.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will hold a hearing titled Protecting Real Innovations by Improving Patent Quality.
- The Senate Commerce Communications, Media, and Broadband Subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday on telecommunications network resiliency.
- The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.
- Biden is continuing to press toward a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure.
- Thursday he will travel to North Carolina in an effort to promote vaccinations.
- Friday, Biden will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah for a White House meeting as violence with the Taliban escalates ahead of plans to fully withdraw American military.