The Weekly Hill Update - October 2023



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.


  • Congress remains in session after Saturday night’s passage of a 45-day extension of government funding, a surprise breakthrough after Washington universally expected the Federal government to shut down amid House Republican infighting.
  • A small right-wing group of Republicans will attempt to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a high-stakes showdown for both McCarthy and his antagonists.
  • President Joe Biden’s schedule is uncertain, as he previously planned to remain in Washington due to an expected government shutdown.


  • The House will be in session tonight through Thursday, taking up appropriations legislation as Republicans look to strengthen their hand in negotiations ahead of the next government funding deadline in mid-November.
  • Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and a handful of other members plan to file a motion to vacate the chair, seeking to push McCarthy out as speaker.
  • The outcome of Gaetz’s move on McCarthy will have enormous implications for the functioning of Congress for the next 15 months.
  • The House was previously scheduled to be in recess this week, so no committee hearings are scheduled; if any committees schedule hearings this week they will be found here.


  • The Senate will be in session tomorrow through Friday, voting on Biden’s judicial and administrative nominees.
  • The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing on CHIPS and Science Act implementation, with Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
  • Also Wednesday, the Foreign Relations Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Development Finance Corporation.
  • Additional Senate committee meetings can be found here.


  • Today, the president will celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act and hold a meeting with his Cabinet.
  • Biden’s schedule the rest of this week is uncertain as the White House previously expected to be managing a government shutdown.

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