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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: […]

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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 […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 2, 2022

The Senate Senators will continue to hold hearings related to the President’s budget request this week, as the House will begin work on developing FY 2023 appropriations bills when they return from a weeklong recess. The Senate will also consider the House-passed China competition bill this week. The Senate will also host numerous hearings this week: The Senate Commerce, Science, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 25, 2022

The House and Senate Congress is back in session this week following its two-week Spring Recess, and will remain in session for the next five weeks before the Memorial Day Recess. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced plans to vote on the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, which has already passed the Senate with […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 11, 2022

The Administration Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been confirmed as the Supreme Court’s newest Associate Justice. She is the first African American Woman to sit on the highest court in the land, and will replace Justice Steven Breyer, whom she previously clerked for, when the Court’s current term ends this June. Jackson was approved […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 4, 2022

The Administration President Biden and world leaders are reacting to Russia’s weekend attacks on Ukrainian civilians, with the President going so far as to call for war crime trials against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Domestically, President Biden is renewing his call for gun law reform following last weekend’s mass shooting in Sacramento, California that killed […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 28, 2022

The Administration President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2023 budget request today. The request calls for a $1 trillion reduction in deficit spending over the next decade and flexible social spending legislation. The President’s budget request also includes a plan to levy a 20% minimum tax on U.S. households worth more than $100 million who […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 21, 2022

This Week: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson This week, the Senate will begin confirmation hearings for President Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, as well as the first Justice to have been a public defender. Her […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 14, 2022

The Administration Last week, Congress passed an omnibus budget bill to fully fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. Since the start of the Fiscal Year in October, the government has been funded by a series of continuing resolutions that only extended the prior fiscal year’s funding levels. President Biden is […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 7, 2022

Congress Both Chambers return to Washington this week as Senate and House lawmakers work to finalize a $1.5 trillion government funding package before Friday’s deadline, or else be forced to pass another continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. Since the current fiscal year began October 1, 2021, the Federal government has been funded by […]

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