The Senate convenes today at 3 p.m., and the House returns Tuesday at noon.

President Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee this evening. On the short list are the following appeals court judges: Amy Coney Barrett (7th Circuit); Brett Kavanaugh (District of Columbia); and Raymond Kethledge (6th Circuit).

Here’s what’s in store for the week on Capitol Hill:


Votes. The chamber will take up the following financial services bills:

  • H.R. 6139 – the Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act would direct the SEC to conduct a study on issues affecting the provision of and reliance upon investment research into small issuers.
  • H.R. 4537 – the International Insurance Standards Act would, among other things, require that insurance standards reflect U.S. policy and that state regulators are involved in international standard setting.
  • H.R. 5793 – the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act would authorize the HUD secretary to carry out a housing choice voucher mobility demonstration to encourage families receiving such assistance to move to lower-poverty areas and expand access to opportunity areas.
  • H.R. 5749 – the Options Markets Stability Act would require the federal banking agencies to increase the risk-sensitivity of the capital treatment of certain centrally cleared options.
  • H.R. 5877 – the Main Street Growth Act would allow for the registration of venture exchanges.
  • H.R. 5953 – the BUILD Act would provide regulatory relief to charitable organizations that provide housing assistance.
  • H.R. 5970 – the Modernizing Disclosures for Investors Act would direct the SEC to implement rules to simplify the quarterly financial reporting regime.

FY 2019 Appropriations. House appropriators are putting together the next “minibus” spending package for floor action the week of July 16 – it is expected to include the Financial Services bill and the Interior-Environment bill.

Mnuchin Speaks. The House Financial Services Committee welcomes Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday to receive his update on the international financial system.


Nomination. The chamber will consider the nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett to be a U.S. circuit judge (9th Circuit).

Paid Family Leave. The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday to examine the importance of paid family leave for working Americans.

Fair Credit Reporting Act. The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing Thursday to provide an overview of the U.S. credit bureaus.

Key Hearings

Wednesday, 7/11

  • Senate Finance Committee. Hearing to examine the importance of paid family leave for working families.
  • House Small Business Committee. Hearing on “Innovation Nation: How Small Businesses in the Digital Technology Industry Use Intellectual Property.”
  • House Energy and Commerce Committee. Subcommittee hearing on “Protecting Customer Proprietary Network Information in the Internet Age.”
  • House Financial Services Committee. Markup of a series of bills: Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act; Enhancing Multi-Class Stock Disclosures Act; Middle-Market IPO Underwriting Fee Act; Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act; Investment Adviser Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act; National Senior Investor Initiative Act.

Thursday, 7/12

  • Senate Banking Committee. Hearing on “An Overview of Credit Bureaus and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.”
  • House Financial Services Committee. Full committee hearing on the annual testimony of the secretary of the Treasury on the state of the international financial system.
  • House Financial Services Committee. Subcommittee hearing on “Countering the Financial Networks of Weapons Proliferation.”