FY21 Appropriations

With the FY21 appropriations process officially underway, Cabinet secretaries and other senior administration officials will continue to make the rounds before congressional committees of jurisdiction over the coming weeks to testify in support of the President’s budget request. The House Appropriations Committee is planning to begin subcommittee markups on April 21, followed by

Republican and Democratic Retreats

Congress was in session this week, though the Senate recessed for Republican and Democratic retreats on Wednesday and Thursday.

Section 230

House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D-RI) is planning to introduce legislation to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to make platforms liable for running “demonstrably false”

The State of Education in Washington

President Trump released his $4.8 trillion budget proposal for FY 2021 spending last week. The president’s budget aims to cut non-defense spending, including funding for the U.S. Department of Education. President Trump requested $66.6 billion for the Department of Education for FY 2021, which represents a $5.6 billion, or

House and Senate in Recess

The House and Senate will be in recess next week coinciding with Presidents’ Day.

DOJ Workshop on Section 230

On February 19, the Department of Justice will hold a workshop on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act titled “Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability?.”

US-India Trade Agreement

Drone Origin Security Enhancement Act

On Monday, the House passed H.R. 4753, the Drone Origin Security Enhancement Act. The bill prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from acquiring or operating foreign manufactured unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or UAS with certain parts manufactured overseas. Also on Monday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) proposed to make the

congressPending Nominations

The House and Senate are both in session next week, but will recess the following week coinciding with Presidents Day. With the impeachment trial over, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has teed up a number of pending nominations for consideration.

FY21 Budget

President Trump will release his fiscal year 2021 budget on

Impeachment Trial Ends

The Senate impeachment trial came to an end this week with the Senate voting on Wednesday to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote largely came down along party lines, with the exception of Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), who joined Democrats in voting to

Additional Funding for Puerto Rico

The House is expected to take up a supplemental appropriations bill next week to provide additional funding to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of recent natural disasters.

Coronavirus

Several committees are also expected to hold hearings on the coronavirus.

State of the Union

President Trump will deliver his State of

Impeachment Trial

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump continued this week, with the House managers concluding their argument on Friday. The President’s Counsel presented their defense this week. The duration of the trial remains to be determined as senators consider whether to call witnesses, notably former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Review of NTIA’s

Impeachment Trial Continues, House Returns

The House will return to Washington next week as the Senate carries on with its impeachment trial. While Senate committee hearings are largely on hold, House committees will resume business as usual and examine topics including U.S. competitiveness in critical technologies and the rise of mobile payments.

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