The Weekly Hill Update - December 2021 #1

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Below is this week’s congressional update by BakerHostetler’s Federal Policy team. We’ll continue to post in weeks when both chambers of Congress are in session.

HEADLINES

  • Having cleared a short-term funding patch to keep the government open, Congress now turns to the National Defense Authorization Act and the debt limit, possibly even legislatively pairing the two unrelated issues.
  • Democrats continue to seek a path forward for the Build Back Better Act, and may gain additional clarity from the Senate parliamentarian this week on the viability of certain provisions.
  • President Joe Biden will have a video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on Russia’s threat to Ukraine, and later in the week, Biden will hold a virtual Summit for Democracy with other world leaders.

HOUSE

  • The House plans to hold votes tomorrow through Friday. The agenda is fluid but is likely to include consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act, and possibly debt limit legislation.
  • Tomorrow, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the future of Social Security.
  • The Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday will hold a legislative hearing titled “Holding Big Tech Accountable: Legislation to Build a Safer Internet.”
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.

SENATE

  • The Senate floor schedule is also fluid, but senators will vote on President Biden’s nominees, including Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the Federal Communications Commission.
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week will hold hearings on U.S. policy toward Russia and toward Taiwan.
  • The Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports will hold a hearing tomorrow on challenges to the ocean supply chain.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.

WHITE HOUSE

  • Tomorrow, President Biden will hold a video call with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • Wednesday, Biden will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, to tout the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
  • Thursday and Friday, he will host the virtual Summit for Democracy with other world leaders – a move that has provoked the ire of Chinese Communist Party leaders.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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