This Week’s Update

The Senate confirmed several nominations and passed the three-bill spending minibus (H.R. 4366), which includes MilCon/VA, Agriculture, and Transportation/HUD spending bills.  

This Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate confirmed several nominations and passed the three-bill spending minibus (H.R. 4366), which includes MilCon/VA, Agriculture, and Transportation/HUD spending bills.  
  • House – The House passed the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6126), the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 4364), the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4821), the Transportation, and the Hamas International Financing Prevention Act (H.R. 340), and the Stop Harboring Iranian Petroleum Act (H.R. 3774). 
  • Biden Administration – President Bidenissuedan Executive Order (EO) regarding artificial intelligence (AI) that sets new standards for AI safety and security by requiring that developers of some AI systems share their safety test results and other information with the U.S. government. Furthermore, the EO directs the government to develop standards, tools, and tests to help ensure that AI systems are safe, secure, and trustworthy; protect against the risks of using AI to engineer dangerous biological materials; and protect Americans from AI-enabled fraud and deception, among other steps. 

Next Week in Congress

  • Senate – The Senate will reconvene on Monday, November 6, and may resume consideration of nominees.
  • House – The House will reconvene on Monday, November 6, and may consider the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act (H.R. 4820); as well as the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2024 (H.R. 4664) and possibly begin consideration of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023 (H.R. 5894) and/or the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024 (H.R. 5893). 

     

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