This Week in Congress

Date: February 5, 2019

The House and Senate are both in session this week. On Tuesday, President Trump will address both chambers of Congress in his annual State of the Union address. Also on Tuesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to permanently lead the Environmental Protection Agency. On Capitol Hill, negotiations will continue on budget and border security issues to keep the government open beyond February 15. The House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Legislation to gradually increase minimum wage has been introduced in both chambers by Democrats. The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet on Thursday to consider several nominations, including William Barr for attorney general.  On Wednesday, there will be two different House committee hearings on climate change: the House Natural Resources Committee is holding one, and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change is holding a hearing on the environmental and economic effects of climate change.  On Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is holding a hearing to examine the state of highways, bridges, transit systems, ports and airports, and backlog of maintenance and repair needs.

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