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Congress the Week of April 23, 2018

Posted @ Monday, April 23, 2018    By Zach Israel
Posted in [ Clients Only, Congressional Outlook ] | 0 Comments

The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will consider 7 bills under suspension of the rules, including the Music Modernization Act (H.R. 5447), which would update the management of music copyrights to account for streaming services and bulk licensing. For the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), which would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration at $3.35 billion each year through FY 2023 (the current FAA authorization expires on Sept. 30, 2018) and includes the text of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which provides reforms to FEMA's response and recovery programs, focusing on increased pre-disaster planning and mitigation; and a bill (H.R. 3144) to require dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries in the Pacific Northwest to continue using current practices regarding salmon until at least 2022, and block any action that restricts electrical generation at federal dams on the Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia River, without further congressional action explicitly authorizing it.

The Senate this week will vote on the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). On Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be voting on the nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the 70th U.S. Secretary of State, with the full Senate voting on his nomination on Friday. Senators will join House members on the other side of the Capitol for French President Emmanuel Macron's address to a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday morning. Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday will vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644), which would protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired in the midst of his investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Four weeks after enacting the final FY 2018 appropriations legislation, lawmakers are continuing work on a new set of spending bills for FY 2019. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees this week will be hearing testimony on FY 2019 budget proposals from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, among other agency heads.

On Tuesday, voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, which includes the suburbs north and west of Phoenix, head to the polls to vote in a special election to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who resigned on December 8, 2017 in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal. Republican former state Senator Debbie Lesko is running against Democratic physician Hiral Tipirneni in a district that President Trump won by 21 percentage points.

On Monday, President Trump is lunching with Vice President Mike Pence and hosting French President Macron and his wife for dinner at Mount Vernon. On Tuesday, Macron is at the White House for a host of meetings, and Trump will hold a press conference with him; Trump lunches with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and then hosts a state dinner for Macron. On Thursday, the President and First Lady host a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier ride. On Friday, Trump has Team USA at the White House, and hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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