This Week’s Update

The Senate confirmed several nominations and passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Reauthorization Act (S. 3853). It invoked cloture on a package of six full-year appropriations bills (Agriculture, Commerce-Justice and Science, Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD) which it is debating into Friday night.

This Week In Washington 

  • Senate – The Senate confirmed several nominations and passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Reauthorization Act (S. 3853). It invoked cloture on a package of six full-year appropriations bills (Agriculture, Commerce-Justice and Science, Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD) which it is debating into Friday night.
  • House – The House passed H. Res. 1061, a package of six full-year appropriations bills (Agriculture, Commerce-Justice and Science, Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD), the Laken Riley Act (H.R. 7511), and the Expanding Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2799).
  • Biden Administration – On March 7, President Biden gave the 2024 State of the Union address. During the speech, Biden highlighted differences between him and former President Trump. However, he never mentioned Trump by name, instead referring to him as “my predecessor.” Biden talked up the economy by boasting that “consumer confidence is soaring” and inflation is declining. He recalled inheriting “an economy that was on the brink,” and called the COVID-19 pandemic recovery “the greatest comeback story never told.” Biden addressed abortion and I.V.F, predicting that Democrats will win in 2024 because of these issues. Senator Katie Britt (R-AL) gave the Republican rebuttal and criticized President Biden and his administration over the border, the state of the economy, and crime and safety issues.

Next Week In Washington 

  • Senate – The Senate will reconvene on Monday, March 11, and is expected to continue processing nominees.
  • House – The House will reconvene on Monday, March 11, and may consider the Utilizing Space Efficiently and Improving Technologies (USE IT) Act (H.R. 6276), and H. Res. 105, “Denouncing the Biden administration’s immigration policies.”

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