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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 11

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 11

Government Still Open

The House and Senate return to a fully-open Washington, D.C. after lawmakers passed a final appropriations bill fully funding departments set to shut down last Friday – including the Departments of Transportation, Justice, and Commerce – thus ending a drawn-out appropriations process that kicked off this time last year.

Members have one more FY24 bill to pass to fund the remaining portions of the federal government set to shut down next Friday.

In the meantime, the Senate this week will take up judicial nominations while the House will take up several bills under expedited procedures including those dealing with federal property management and a potential domestic ban on the social media app TikTok.

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

  • The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee will discuss disaster readiness and FEMA readiness
  • The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee will discuss affordable housing issues
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee will examine Russia’s nuclear energy sector
  • The Senate Finance Committee will discuss the President’s FY25 Health and Human Services budget request
  • The House Armed Services Committee will discuss innovation in software

The Administration

This week, President Joe Biden will speak at the National League of Cities’ Washington, D.C. conference, after which he will deliver remarks on lowering costs for families at an event in New Hampshire.