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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 16, 2022

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 16, 2022

The Senate

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) was hospitalized this weekend after suffering a stroke. Because the Chamber is divided 50-50, his absence could disrupt key Senate votes this week including one on a $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill which Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked last week.

The Senate will conduct several hearings this week:

  • The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will discuss cybersecurity in the health and education sector.
  • The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will markup numerous bills.
  • The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will examine the U.S.-Canada energy and minerals partnership.

The House

This week, the House will consider bills that address rising gas prices and workforce development programs.

H.R. 7688 would empower the President to issue an emergency proclamation prohibiting price gouging of fuel as inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cause energy prices to soar.

Additionally, H.R. 7309 would authorize nearly $80 billion for fiscal years 2023-2028 for federal workforce development programs.

Under suspension of the rules this week, the House will consider numerous measures concerning cybersecurity, from DHS grants and programs to cybersecurity coordination efforts.

The House will also host hearings this week:

  • The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will discuss building a workforce to navigate the electric vehicle future.
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will examine efforts to address climate change at U.S. airports.

The Administration

The Biden Administration released a “Housing Supply Action Plan,” intended to help create thousands of affordable housing units over the next three years.

The White House is also working with baby formula manufacturers to address the recent nationwide shortage, which President Biden says should be resolved in the coming weeks if not month.