Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 19, 2022

Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 19, 2022

The House

The House is in this week and has yet to release text for a stopgap funding measure to keep the government running past September 30. However, it will take up 26 bills under expedited procedures, including the following:

  • A bill reauthorizing the Peace Corps.
  • A bill creating a Global Telecommunications Strategy commission within the State Department to advise on digital technologies and telecommunications security strategies.
  • A bill requiring the State Department to provide information of its cryptocurrency use in the Rewards for Justice program.
  • A bill requiring the President to submit a letter detailing the Administration’s determinations to sanction Russian individuals.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) also introduced a bill this week that would amend the Electoral Count Act to place more limits on how Members of Congress can challenge presidential election results, while clarifying the Vice President’s ministerial role in the counting process. The bill is largely similar to the bipartisan counterpart in the Senate which is still being negotiated, and is expected to be taken up in the lame duck session after the November elections.

The chamber will also hold a number of committee hearings this week:

  • The House Financial Services Committee will hear testimony from the CEOs of JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America regarding banking accountability.
  • The House Natural Resources Committee will meet to take up the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, in addition to various GOP resolutions.
  • The House Small Business Committee will take up a GOP oversight resolution of the Treasury Department’s the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Senate

The Senate returns to DC to vote on treaty ratifications and judicial nominations, including one to fill the vacancy on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals created by the departure of now-Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

The Senate will also hold a number of hearings this week:

  • The Senate Banking Committee will similarly hear testimony from major bank CEOs on banking accountability.
  • The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will take up two Administration labor nominees for the Wage and Hour Division and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, respectively.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will reattempt to advance the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which aims to allow small news organizations to negotiate compensation from Big Tech companies such as Google.

The Administration

The President is in the U.K. today attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. He will return to the U.S. afterwards, and will attend the UN General Assembly in New York later in the week.