This Week’s Update

The Senate voted on 28 non-binding motions to instruct conferees to the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521)/U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) conference committee, approving 22. The Senate appointed members to the conference committee. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Joshua Frost to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Elizabeth de Leon Bhargava to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Kathryn Huff to be Assistant Secretary of Energy, and James Rodriguez to be Assistant Secretary of Labor. The Senate postponed votes on the nominations of Lisa Cook to be a Member of the Federal Reserve Board and Alvaro Bedoya to be a Member of the Federal Trade Commission, due to a Democratic senator being absent with COVID-19. 

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate voted on 28 non-binding motions to instruct conferees to the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521)/U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) conference committee, approving 22. The Senate appointed members to the conference committee. The Senate confirmed the nominations of Joshua Frost to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Elizabeth de Leon Bhargava to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Kathryn Huff to be Assistant Secretary of Energy, and James Rodriguez to be Assistant Secretary of Labor. The Senate postponed votes on the nominations of Lisa Cook to be a Member of the Federal Reserve Board and Alvaro Bedoya to be a Member of the Federal Trade Commission, due to a Democratic senator being absent with COVID-19.
  • House – The House held a committee work week and met in pro forma session.

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate is expected to vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755). The Senate will continue its consideration of pending nominees, which may include Jerome Powell for a second term as Federal Reserve Chairman, Lisa Cook and Phillip Jefferson to be Members of the Federal Reserve Board, Alvaro Bedoya to be a Member of the Federal Trade Commission, Julia Gordon to lead the Federal Housing Administration, and Ann Claire Phillips to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration.
  • House – The House may consider legislation to provide $33 billion in supplemental appropriations to support Ukraine and $10 billion to support the COVID-19 response. The House is expected to vote on the Rights for the TSA Workforce Act (H.R. 903), the Federal Firefighters Fairness Act (H.R. 2499), the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act (H.R. 5129), and a resolution to allow Congressional staff to form a union. (H.Res. 915).

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