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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 6

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 6

The House

House lawmakers return to D.C. in what will be Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) second full week on the job. This week, Members will take up the FY24 Transportation-Housing & Urban Development (THUD) and Financial Services bills, in addition to legislation under expedited procedures which include the following:

  • Several bills authorizing land transfers and acquisitions, including for hydropower facilities, tribal expansion, and historical battlefield and fort preservation
  • Legislation establishing monuments to the National Medal of Honor and the Women’s Suffrage movement

Members will also hold several committee hearings, including the following:

  • The House Committee on Small Business will discuss the effects of the Department of Energy’s regulations on job creators
  • The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability will discuss advances in deepfake technology

The Senate

Senators also return to Washington this week where Members will take up the nomination of Monica Bertagnolli to be the next head of the National Institutes of Health after her nomination was approved by the committee last month.

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

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will discuss the effects of social media on teens’ mental health
  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will examine problems and solutions regarding roadway safety
  • The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will discuss sustainable tourism for a thriving economy

The Administration

President Joe Biden will depart Delaware this week for Washington, but will first meet with Amtrak employees amid the House’s consideration of the FY24 THUD bill which would cut Amtrak funding. He will also announce $16.4 billion of rail infrastructure investments along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.