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.


•  President Joe Biden’s cabinet is fanning out across Asia in a broad diplomatic effort, headlined by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the first high-level meeting since March between the two countries amid deepening tensions over a wide range of issues.

•  Worries among policymakers are growing over the COVID-19 delta variant as vaccine hesitancy has stalled recovery and enabled a surge of illness and hospitalization in certain parts of the country.

•  Lawmakers are continuing intense negotiations toward finalizing infrastructure legislation as well as police reform as their August recess looms.


  • In the final week of floor votes before departing until late September, according to the current schedule, House Democrats seek to complete as many appropriations bills as they can, including a seven-bill “minibus.”
  • A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing Wednesday on modernizing consumer protection.
  • The House Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing Thursday titled “21st Century Food Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture’s Role in Protecting Domestic Food Supply Chains and Infrastructure.”
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.


  • Senators begin their week continuing votes on Biden’s nominees, awaiting a potential vote on infrastructure legislation if a bipartisan agreement is finalized.
  • The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on implementation and enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
  • The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on pipeline cybersecurity with Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske and Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.


  • Biden today will hold a Rose Garden event commemorating the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will host Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House.
  • Biden on Wednesday will visit the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania to promote American-made products.
  • In addition to Sherman’s visit to China, Secretary of State Tony Blinken will travel to India and Kuwait, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam.