This Week in Congress

Date: January 14, 2020

Both the House and Senate are in session this week.

The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on H.R. 1230, which would make it easier for workers to prove age, disability, and similar discrimination claims in court. The Senate is expected to continue work on nominations as well as other pending business.

Today, House Energy & Commerce will hold a hearing on legislation to phase down hydrofluorocarbons used in refrigerants and cooling.

The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on Industries of the Future on Wednesday morning. Witnesses include NIST, the FCC, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Science Foundation. MEMA will monitor the hearing for comments relevant to motor vehicle suppliers.

On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee will hear testimony on the Defense Department’s role in competing with China. Also on Wednesday, a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee has a hearing on security and the rule of law in Mexico, the House Small Business Committee plans a hearing on enhancing patent diversity for U.S. innovators, and the House Science Committee meets to discuss climate change and get an update on the latest science and proposed solutions. Finally, the House Science Committee has a second hearing on Wednesday focused on the Energy Department’s Office of Science and new energy research.

Several Senate committees will hold markups on USMCA this week. In addition to the referral to Senate Finance, the bill was referred to six other Senate Committees. Five of these committees are scheduled to markup this week:

  • Today, the Budget Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committees will hold business meetings to consider the implementing legislation;
  • On Wednesday, Commerce and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees will consider the implementing bill;
  • On Thursday, Foreign Relations will mark up the bill.
  • Currently, the Senate Appropriations Committee does not have a markup scheduled.
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