The Weekly Hill Update - June 2021 #2

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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 hold floor votes.

HEADLINES

•  Negotiations between a bipartisan group of lawmakers and the White House on a large-scale infrastructure bill enter a critical phase this week.

•  The Senate will vote on Democrats’ voting and campaign finance legislation that is likely to fail on a procedural motion.

•  BakerHostetler’s 32nd Annual Legislative Seminar will host two important House leaders: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., today, and Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., on Wednesday.

HOUSE

  • The House will be in session Tuesday through Friday. The agenda centers on nullifying various rules from the Trump administration using the Congressional Review Act.
  • The Natural Resources Committee will hold a legislative hearing Tuesday on ocean-based climate action.
  • Hoyer highlights the continuation of BakerHostetler’s 32nd Annual Legislative Seminar Series this afternoon, followed Wednesday by McMorris, the Energy and Commerce Committee Republican leader.
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.

SENATE

  • The Senate plans to continue working on President Biden’s nominees and will vote on election and campaign finance legislation.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will hold a hearing titled Protecting Real Innovations by Improving Patent Quality.
  • The Senate Commerce Communications, Media, and Broadband Subcommittee will hold a hearing Tuesday on telecommunications network resiliency.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.

WHITE HOUSE

  • Biden is continuing to press toward a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure.
  • Thursday he will travel to North Carolina in an effort to promote vaccinations.
  • Friday, Biden will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah for a White House meeting as violence with the Taliban escalates ahead of plans to fully withdraw American military.

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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