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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 26

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 26

Shutdown Showdown

House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this week, cutting short their President’s Day recess in an attempt to pass a full appropriations bill ahead of a partial government shutdown this Friday (and a full shutdown next Friday). 

The leadership of both parties will meet with President Joe Biden this week at the White House to negotiate the appropriations package in addition to dueling Ukraine-Israel-Taiwan aid House and Senate proposals.

House lawmakers are also set to take up additional bills this week under expedited procedures, including a short-term extension of Federal Aviation Administration operations, and several Small Business Administration program and certification related legislation.

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

  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will examine security issues in the Red Sea
  • The House Homeland Security Committee will discuss cyber security issues at U.S. ports
  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will discuss projects and priorities under the Water Resources Development Act of 2024
  • The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will discuss the risk of EV fires for first responders