This Week in Congress

Date: September 10, 2019

The House and Senate return to Washington this week after spending more than a month in their districts and states. They will be in Washington for the next three weeks before another two-week recess. During this time, they face a number of looming deadlines, including addressing FY2020 spending. The current fiscal year ends September 30.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will unveil its allocations for the appropriations bills and begin markups today. Given the anticipated differences between the bills the House has already passed and the Senate will consider, a short-term continuing resolution is almost certain. We expect Congress to begin work on that next week. 

On Monday, the House considered legislation under suspension of the rules to reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Diesel Program. Bills that are brought up under suspension of the rules cannot be amended, debate is limited, and a two-thirds majority is required for passage. The legislation, H.R. 1788, reauthorizes the existing program, which encourages retrofitting or replacement of diesel engines and equipment with new technology. The bill would allow Congress to appropriate up to $100 million per year through fiscal 2024.

A number of hearings and markups of interest to the supplier industry are also expected this week. Today, the House Science Committee will markup legislation reauthorizing ARPA-E (H.R. 4901) and will consider legislation (H.R. 4230) to establish a program to develop technologies to reduce emissions of nonpower industrial sectors.

Also today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is holding a hearing on climate change and U.S. manufacturing jobs. Witnesses include the BlueGreen Alliance, the United Auto Workers, and Dow Chemical Company.

On Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will hold a hearing on “Pricing and Technology Strategies to Address Congestion on and Financing of America’s Roads.”

On Thursday, the Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on House Judiciary will hold a hearing on the effect of data and privacy on competition in the digital marketplace. The hearing on data and privacy marks the third of the subcommittee’s broad antitrust inquiry.

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