This Week in Congress

Date: June 25, 2019

The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will make a final vote on it’s second minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 3055), which will increase funds for Agriculture-FDA, Commerce-Justice-Science, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-VA and Transportation-HUD.

The House Financial Services Committee plans to vote on an Export-Import Bank reauthorization bill drafted by Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC). The bill would renew operations for the agency for seven years as well as raise the cap on loan guarantees it can offer to foreign customers of imports from the U.S. But the bill would add restrictions on deals with China and as well as introduce disclosure requirements for big-time users of the bank, such as Boeing.

The House Appropriations Committee approved a $137.1 billion spending bill (H.R. 3163) on June 4 for transportation and housing programs, in which $86.6 billion of it will go to the Department of Transportation.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety will host a hearing later this afternoon. Members will listen to testimonies from stakeholders on the effects technological innovations have on transportation. The hearing will be held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building 562.

The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee trade panel said that Congress will not be able to pass the United States – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) trade agreement before the August recess.

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