This Week’s Update

The Senate approved a motion to proceed to the CHIPS-Plus Act (H.R. 4346), which is a scaled-back package of legislation to enhance economic competition with China. The legislation includes $52 billion to boost domestic semiconductor production, a tax credit for semiconductor manufacturing, and funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Senate passed the Formula Act (H.R. 8351), sending the bill to the President for his signature. The Senate confirmed Carmen Cantor to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and Shereef Elnahal to be Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate approved a motion to proceed to the CHIPS-Plus Act (H.R. 4346), which is a scaled-back package of legislation to enhance economic competition with China. The legislation includes $52 billion to boost domestic semiconductor production, a tax credit for semiconductor manufacturing, and funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Senate passed the Formula Act (H.R. 8351), sending the bill to the President for his signature. The Senate confirmed Carmen Cantor to be Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and Shereef Elnahal to be Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • House – The House passed a package of six appropriations bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (H.R. 8294). The House passed the Right to Contraception Act (H.R. 8373), and the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404).

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate will continue its consideration of the CHIPS-Plus Act (H.R. 4346). The Senate may also consider a reconciliation package to reduce prescription drug prices and extend Affordable Care Act subsidies. The Senate may vote on the Honoring Our PACT Act (S. 3373), the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404), the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (H.R. 7776), and Protocols for the Accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO membership (Treaty Document 117-3). The Senate will continue its consideration of pending nominations.
  • House – The House is expected to consider the CHIPS-Plus Act (H.R. 4346) if it passes the Senate. The House is scheduled to vote on the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act (H.R. 5118), legislation to restore pension benefits for Delphi retirees (H.R. 6929), the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263), the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act (H.R. 3771), and the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act (H.R. 4040).  The House may also take up the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act (H.R. 2814), and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 (H.R. 1808).

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