This Week’s Update

The House and Senate passed legislation to raise the debt limit by $2.5 trillion (S.J. Res. 33), which was signed into law by President Biden. Both chambers also passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R. 6256). The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (H.R. 1605) and the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (H.R. 3537). The Senate confirmed Rostin Behnam to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, John Sherman to be Chief Information Office at the Department of Defense, Nickolas Guertin to be Director of Operational Test and Evaluation at the Department of Defense, Thea Rozman to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Nicholas Burns to be Ambassador to China, Ramin Toloui to be Assistant Secretary of State, Shannon Corless to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Kurt DelBene to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Lisa Wang to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Maria Louise Lago to be Under Secretary of Commerce, and several judicial and ambassadorial nominations.

 

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – The House and Senate passed legislation to raise the debt limit by $2.5 trillion (S.J. Res. 33), which was signed into law by President Biden. Both chambers also passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.R. 6256). The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (H.R. 1605) and the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (H.R. 3537). The Senate confirmed Rostin Behnam to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, John Sherman to be Chief Information Office at the Department of Defense, Nickolas Guertin to be Director of Operational Test and Evaluation at the Department of Defense, Thea Rozman to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Nicholas Burns to be Ambassador to China, Ramin Toloui to be Assistant Secretary of State, Shannon Corless to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Kurt DelBene to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Lisa Wang to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Maria Louise Lago to be Under Secretary of Commerce, and several judicial and ambassadorial nominations.
  • House – The House passed a resolution to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a subpoena from the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The House also passed the Combating International Islamophobia Act (H.R. 5665).

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate may remain in session over the weekend to consider pending nominations. The Senate is expected to be in recess next week and meet in pro forma session. The Senate is scheduled to reconvene on January 3, 2022. 
  • House- The House is scheduled to be in recess and meet in pro forma session. The House is scheduled to reconvene on January 10, 2022.

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