Both the House and Senate are in session this week, returning from Thanksgiving recess. Prior to leaving Washington in November, the House and the Senate passed another continuing resolution to fund the government through December 20. Over the next three weeks, House and Senate negotiators will continue discussions on how to fund the government into 2020.
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10 am, to examine legislative proposals to protect consumer data privacy. The next day, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold an accountability and oversight hearing with all five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC’s upcoming vote on opening the 5.9GHz spectrum, reserved as the Vehicle Safety Spectrum, is expected to be one of the topics discussed. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials will hold a hearing, also on Thursday, examining the economic, environmental, and societal effects of freight transportation.
The Senate is expected to continue to vote on nominations, including Monday’s vote confirming Dan Brouillette as Secretary of Energy.