Becker & Poliakoff

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 24, 2022

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 24, 2022

The Administration

The State Department has ordered the evacuation of all family members of U.S. Embassy personnel from Kyiv, Ukraine due to the heightened risk of Russia’s invasion of the country. President Biden is considering deploying troops in the region as he continues to send lethal aid to Ukraine.

On the domestic front, the White House announced the Building Performance Standards Coalition, a partnership with 33 State and Local governments, to encourage the adoption of building codes that will improve building efficiency. The announcement comes as the Administration continues to roll out the bipartisan infrastructure law which includes a host of energy-efficiency provisions.

The Senate

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supports breaking up the Build Back Better Act (BBB) into individual pieces of legislation to be voted on given that there isn’t unanimous Democratic support for the bill as-is. Both he and the Administration are confident about the bill’s popular provisions such as those dealing with climate and lowering prescription drug prices.

The Senate has a light hearing schedule this week. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will discuss the Sudanese conflict and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will discuss the Great American Outdoors Act.

The House

Representatives are home this week for a district work week.