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The Week Ahead in Washington
Posted January 29, 2017 by Ryan Donovan

This week, the House will vote on a number of noncontroversial national security bills as well as begin a process of voting to repeal certain federal regulations.  The Senate will continue votes to confirm more of President Trump’s cabinet nominations.

The Congressional Review Act process will be used to disapprove of certain rules finalized between June 13, 2016 and January 19, 2017.  On tap in the House will be:

  • H.J. Res___        Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule.
  • H.J. Res___        Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to "Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers".
  • H.J. Res___        Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007.
  • H.J. Res___        Disapproving the final rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
  • H.J. Res___        Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation".

In Committee

As usual, we are following several committee meetings on both sides of the Capitol, including the following:

Monday

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a full committee markup to vote on a resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 115th Congress; committee rules; and the nomination of Linda McMahon to be administrator of the Small Business Administration.

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a full committee markup for the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Treasury Secretary.

Tuesday

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee markup to vote on the nomination of Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior; Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy; an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee for the 115th Congress; and ratification of subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee markup to vote on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to be attorney general of the United States; committee rules; and S.178, the "Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act."

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a full committee meeting to vote on committee rules and subcommittee membership during the 115th Congress; and to vote on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Education secretary.

Wednesday

The Senate Budget Committee will hold a full committee hearing on "The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook for FY2017- 2027."

The Senate Special Aging Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Financial Fraud Affecting Seniors.”

Other Items to Watch

President Trump is expected to announce his pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress on February 28th.  While it is not a State of the Union address, this opportunity will give the President an opportunity to outline his agenda to Congress and the nation.

In a Wall Street Journal article, House Speaker Paul Ryan recently told lawmakers that financial regulatory reform will be a top priority this year.  Good news for credit unions!

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) announced subcommittee assignments for Republican members.  Our sources tell us that Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) will announce Democratic Subcommittee assignments later this week.

The House Democratic Caucus Retreat will be February 8-10.

On February 6th, the President is expected to submit his FY 2018 budget request.  This deadline may be delayed.

On March 15th, the debt limit suspension ends.