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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 9, 2022

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 9, 2022

The Administration

This week, President Biden will sign S.3522 to expand the President’s lend-lease agreement authority to expedite the delivery of weapons to Ukraine and allies. The President is also pushing Congress to consider his request for an additional $33 billion in emergency funding for Ukraine, as the already authorized $13.6 billion in Ukrainian aid is nearly exhausted. Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) said the House will approve this as quickly as possible.

The Senate

The Senate is set to vote on an abortion measure this week that previously passed the House, but Senators Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME) have signaled they will not vote for the measure, citing it as too broad. Even if they did support the bill, it would still likely not pass given that it lacks the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

The Senate will host numerous hearings this week:

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider whether to reauthorize the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.
  • The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee will address climate change with energy-efficient and resilient housing.

The House

The House returns this week and will consider over two dozen bills under suspension of the rules, including:

  • Data privacy research that would support research and activities on privacy enhancing technologies.
  • Federally insured banks and credit unions could hire ex-offenders who have faced employment restrictions because of their record.
  • Requiring U.S. financial institutions to comply with sanctions against Russia.
  • Barring Russia from global meetings, like the G-20.
  • Establishing a training program for federal employees responsible for supply chain risk management.

The House will also host numerous hearings:

  • The House Appropriations Committee will consider the FY 2023 budget requests for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
  • The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will discuss open-source software cybersecurity.
  • The House Small Business Committee will consider the workforce and innovation needs of the aviation and aerospace industry.
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hear board member views on the Surface Transportation Board reauthorization.