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The Week Ahead in Washington - February 6, 2017
Posted February 05, 2017 by Ryan Donovan

On the Floor

This week, the House Democratic Caucus Retreat will occur Wednesday through Friday.  However, the House will vote on H.J. Res. 42, to disapprove of the rule relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants; H.J. Res. 44, to disapprove of the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976; H.J. Res. 57, to disapprove of the rule relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; H.J. Res. 58, to disapprove of the rule relating to teacher preparation issues; and the “Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act” (H.R. 428). 

The Senate will consider the nominations of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be Attorney General, Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury.

In Committee 

Monday

  • The Senate Finance Committee will hold a full committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress.

Tuesday

  • The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a full committee closed briefing on "Cyber Threats."
  • The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Andy Puzder to be Labor secretary.
  • The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a full committee hearing on "Accomplishing Postal Reform in the 115th Congress - H.R.756, the 'Postal Service Reform Act of 2017.'"
  • The House Financial Services Committee will hold a full committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress.

Thursday

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee markup of S.178, the "Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act"; and to consider committee rules and organize for the 115th Congress.