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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 8, 2023

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 8, 2023


Both Chambers of Congress are back in session this week with the House set to take up several bills, including the following:

  • A bill restricting asylum eligibility, resuming border wall construction, and requiring employers to verify their employees legal status
  • A bill allowing states to reclaim 25% of recovered fraudulent unemployment or pandemic-aid payments
  • A bill requiring the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to work with state and local governments affected by ocean and coastal acidification. Another bill would require NOAA to work with the Energy Department to improve the nation’s weather and climate prediction services

Lawmakers are also set to hold a number of committee hearings this week, including the following:

  • The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a field hearing discussing how to secure domestic supply chains
  • The House Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing discussing regulatory gaps in the digital assets market
  • The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing discussing freight supply chain challenges
  • The Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing discussing the costs of climate change

The Administration

President Joe Biden will be joined by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to announce new regulatory protections for passengers impacted by flight delays or cancellations. The President will also meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other congressional leaders this week to discuss the debt limit after the Treasury Department said the country could go into default as soon as June 1st.