The Political Report 9/15/20

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Main Story: Both Chambers in Session but Not Much Going On

Both the Senate and the House will be in session this week but don’t expect much movement on any of the major pieces of defense-related legislation. As mentioned in last week’s write-up, Congress and the White House appear to have an agreement on the structure of the continuing resolution, though the end date remains up for discussion. On all the other major pieces of legislation – COVID-19 relief funding, the National Defense Authorization Act, and appropriations – no movement is planned. While there is reporting that some moderate House Democrats are pushing for action on smaller COVID-related relief bills, so far it seems unlikely that House leadership will be inclined to move off its negotiating position, though that remains the most likely source of momentum.

This week will see both chambers focused on other issues and next week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has indicated the House will take-up the continuing resolution. It’s entirely possible that Congress will recess early once funding legislation is signed into law. That would maximize vulnerable members campaigning time in the run-up to November.

House Activity

The House is going to pass legislation creating a “Strength in Diversity” program in the Department of Education, as well as passing various suspension bills.

Senate Activity

The Senate will vote on various nominations for federal judges.

Congressional Defense Activity

  •  HFAC
    • 9/15 “The Health, Economic, and Political Challenges Facing Latin America and the Caribbean,” Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade Hearing, Webex, 11am
    • 9/16 “Why did the Trump Administration Fire the State Department Inspector General?”
      Full Committee Hearing, 2172 Rayburn, 10am
  • SFRC
    • 9/14 “CLOSED/TS/SCI: 2020 Global Nuclear Threats Update,” Full Committee Hearing, SVC-217 Capitol Visitor Center, 6pm
    • 9/17 “Advancing U.S. Engagement and Countering China in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond,” Full Committee Hearing, SD-106 Dirksen, 10am
  • SASC
    • 9/17 “Matters Relating to the Budget of the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Full Committee Hearing, SD-G50 Dirksen, 930am
  •  HASC
    • 9/15 “Addressing the Legacy of Department of Defense use of PFAS: Protecting Our Communities and Implementing Reform,” Subcommittee on Readiness Hearing, 2118 Rayburn, 1pm
    • 9/17 “Interim Review of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Efforts and Recommendations,” Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Hearing, 2118 Rayburn, 1pm
  •  SAC-D
    • No hearings for this week
  •  HAC-D
    • No hearings for this week
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