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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 29

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 29

Congress Returns from Recess

Congress returns to DC from its recess this week after passing a long-awaited foreign aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, which would also effectively ban the social media app TikTok.

House lawmakers return to a packed legislative agenda with 17 bills to be taken up on expedited procedures, including those dealing with small business operations, energy projects, and care for veterans. Legislation moving through regular order includes those dealing with federal lands management and agency rules on immigration and conservation.

Senators are also in town to take up a judicial nominee and vote on a bipartisan reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, the text of which was released over the weekend. The agency’s current authorization is set to lapse early next month, but this proposal would extend that date through fiscal year 2028.

Members will also participate in several committee hearings this week, including the following:

  • The House Energy and Commerce Committee will discuss keeping AM radio in vehicles
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will examine ways to curb unauthorized digital replicas
  • The House Appropriations Committee will consider several agencies’ FY25 budget requests, including for the Coast Guard
  • The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee will discuss “shrinkflation” in the economy