This Week’s Update

The Senate confirmed several nominations.  

This Week In Washington 

  • Senate – The Senate confirmed several nominations.  
  • House – The House passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act (H.R. 788). Speaker Johnson (R-LA) announced an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Schumer for an overall government funding level in fiscal year 2024 of $1.66 trillion, but has received pushback from several House Republicans who have urged Johnson to renegotiate the agreement.  
  • Biden Administration –  On January 12, the White House released a fact sheet highlighting Census Bureau data about the record-setting number of new business applications since President Biden took office. The fact sheet also outlines analysis by the Council of Economic Advisers

Next Week In Washington 

  • Senate – The Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, January 16, and will vote on whether to begin consideration of an additional short-term government funding measure to keep certain agencies, including the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, operating beyond their current expiration of funding January 19. Recall that most other federal agencies are currently operating under temporary funding through February 2nd.  The Senate is also expected to continue processing nominations. 
  • House – The House will reconvene on Tuesday, January 16, and will vote to hold Hunter Biden in contempt of Congress. The House may also consider legislation related to appropriations funding for those agencies for which short-term funding expires at week’s end.

     

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