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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House in Recess

The House of Representatives is in recess this week coinciding with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spent part of the week in Germany, where she led a bipartisan congressional delegation to Auschwitz to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation.

Impeachment Trial Continues

Today marks the

Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 5: Competitors in the Digital Economy

On Friday, the House Antitrust Subcommittee will hold a field hearing at the University of Colorado, Boulder Law School. The hearing is titled “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 5: Competitors in the Digital Economy” and will include testimony from the CEOs of

FEMA Administrator Confirmed

The Senate confirmed Peter Gaynor on Tuesday to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Gaynor previously served as the Director of Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and advised Governor Gina Raimondo on emergency management and response.

USMCA Passes Senate

The Senate passed the United States-Canada-Mexico trade agreement (USMCA)

Hearings/Markups

House Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Legislation to Improve Americans’ Health Care Coverage and Outcomes”

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a legislative hearing on the following bills:

  • H.R. 1379, the “Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act”
  • H.R. 2271, the “Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden

Federal Updates

  • The White House is expected to release its FY21 budget request on February 10.
  • he Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released joint guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) to student health records.

congressImpeachment Trial

The Senate is continuing to move towards President Trump’s impeachment trial. Disagreements between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have delayed the start of the trial; however, McConnell told Republican Senators on Tuesday that he has the votes to start an impeachment trial without witnesses,

Senate Changes

Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) was sworn in on Monday to succeed former Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), who stepped down at the end of the year amid ongoing health issues. She will sit on the Agriculture, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), and Veterans Affairs Committees. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) succeeds Isakson as Chairman

FY20 Spending Bills

Appropriations Committee leaders reached a deal early this week to fund the government through FY20 and unveiled two packages of spending bills. One combines the Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Financial Services measures; the second including the Agriculture-FDA, Labor-HHS-Education, Energy-Water, Interior-Environment, State-Foreign Operations, Transportation-HUD, Military Construction-VA, and Legislative Branch measures. The House

Continuing Negotiations on FY20 Appropriations

Bicameral Appropriations Committee leadership and the Administration continue to negotiate a deal on FY20 appropriations as the current continuing resolution prepares to lapse at the end of next week.

Robocall Legislation

The Senate may also bring up compromise robocalls legislation that passed the House last week 417-3, though Senator Rand