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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 8

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 8

Congress Returns

The House and Senate return to Washington for the first time in two weeks following lawmakers’ Spring recess. Members left just before passing a full FY24 appropriations package, thus closing out a drawn-out government funding battle to avert a shutdown through the end of September.

Senators are set to consider judicial nominations this week. House lawmakers are also set to take up a reauthorization bill for the foreign intelligence surveillance program, as well as several bills under expedited procedures dealing with wildlife conservation, federal and tribal lands, and workforce development.

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

  • The House Energy & Commerce Committee will discuss legislative proposals to increase telehealth access
  • The House Judiciary Committee will examine ways to promote IP protections for AI-assisted inventions
  • The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will examine ways to improve export controls
  • The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will discuss ways to improve child care for the American

The Administration

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks today on the care economy. Afterward, he’ll welcome Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Washington for an official state visit and an inaugural summit with both Japan and the Philippines later in the week.