Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 9, 2019

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 9, 2019

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THE HOUSE

The House returns from the July 4th holiday recess Tuesday evening. Among the bills expected to be considered by the House this week is HR 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020, a major funding hurdle Congress must clear. There are also a number of notable hearings taking place in the House this week, including:

  • The Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on U.S. efforts to counter Russian disinformation and influence on Wednesday.
  • The Veterans Affairs Committee Economic Opportunity Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the “Economic Well-Being of Women Veterans” on Wednesday.
  • The Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on Friday examining the living conditions at migrant detention centers.
  • The Judiciary Committee, in an attempt to lay the groundwork for next week’s hearing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will hold a hearing titled “Constitutional Processes for Addressing Presidential Misconduct” on Friday.

THE SENATE

The Senate returned on Monday following its week-long recess for the holiday. A number of judicial nominations are expected to be considered in the Senate this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other Congressional leaders are expected to continue negotiations with the White House this week on raising budget caps and lifting the federal debt limit.

THE ADMINISTRATION

Monday evening, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hosted a dinner honoring the Emir of Qatar. President Trump is expected to meet with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss defense and trade Tuesday afternoon. Also happening this week is the Christians United for Israel Annual Summit where Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are expected to deliver remarks.

On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote to open part of the Spectrum band devoted to educational use to support wireless 5G networks. The proposed order would allow tribal and commercial providers such as AT&T and Sprint to access some additional mid-band airwaves in the 2.5 GHz band.

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