This Week’s Update

The Senate was in recess.

This Week In Washington 

  • Senate – The Senate was in recess.
  • House – The House was in recess.
  • Biden Administration – On April 2, President Biden spoke with Chinese President Xi in a one-on-one meeting via telephone. U.S. and Chinese authorities called the meeting “candid and constructive” and explained that Biden and Xi discussed artificial intelligence, military cooperation, climate change, and efforts to fight drug trafficking, among other subjects. Specifically, Biden expressed concern about China’s “support for Russia’s defense industrial base” and emphasized the need for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Additionally, Biden addressed China’s “unfair trade policies and non-market economic practices” and “emphasized that the United States will continue to take necessary actions to prevent advanced U.S. technologies from being used to undermine our national security, without unduly limiting trade and investment.” Xi criticized the “endless” sanctions on the Chinese tech sector and argued that the restrictions create risks. Additionally, Xi characterized any potential U.S. involvement in supporting a Taiwanese bid for independence as a “red line.”

Next Week In Washington 

  • Senate – The Senate will reconvene on Monday, April 8, and is expected to continue processing nominees.
  • House – The House will reconvene on Tuesday, April 9, and may consider the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which expires on April 19.

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