Washington D.C. The capitol, the seat of the government of the United States.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 are in session.


•  Congress returns from its Independence Day recess for a legislative blitz as leaders press forward on a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a separate partisan package that Democrats expect will include trillions of dollars of President Joe Biden’s tax and other spending priorities.

•  Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell will appear before committees in both chambers to deliver the Fed’s semiannual report to Congress.

•  Biden will host Angela Merkel at the White House, likely her final visit after 16 years as chancellor of Germany.


  • The House is in a committee work week. No floor votes are planned.
  • The House Appropriations Committee will mark up eight annual funding bills throughout the week.
  • The Financial Services Committee will hold a Wednesday hearing with Powell on monetary policy and the state of the economy.
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.


  • The Senate plans to continue working on confirming Biden’s nominees.
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will receive a closed briefing on J.Res. 10, to repeal the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq, and will discuss recent U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria.
  • The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday will receive Powell’s semiannual monetary policy report.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.


  • Biden will lead a meeting today with law enforcement and local leaders to discuss strategies to address increases in violent crime. Eric Adams, a retired police officer and favorite to be elected as New York City’s next mayor, is among the meeting attendees.
  • Biden on Tuesday will travel to Philadelphia to speak on voting rights.
  • Biden will host Merkel on Thursday.