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This Week in Congress

Date: July 28, 2020

The House and Senate are in session this week. The House of Representatives will resume consideration of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations legislation. The Senate will continue work on nominations and is expected to announce reveal the next stimulus proposal they will bring to negotiate with Democrats.

Last week, the House passed by partisan vote an FY 2021 consolidated appropriations bill that included the Interior, Military Construction, State, and Agriculture bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) receives funding from the Interior section. This week, the House will bring a second consolidated bill to the floor that includes Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Homeland Security, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-HUD funding. This bill is also expected to pass by a partisan vote.

The fiscal year ends on September 30, 2020. Given the congressional calendar and lack of action in the Senate Appropriations Committee, it is likely that Congress will pass a short-term continuing resolution that will fund the government into FY2021 while Congress continues to negotiate specifics.

The House and Senate are expected to be in session next week as well before recessing for August. That could change depending on status of the fifth round of coronavirus relief.

Today, he Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee holds a hearing tomorrow on Digital Millennium Copyright Act limitations and exceptions.

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Hearing will hold a hearing on the PACT Act, which focuses on online speech, including the expansion of Section 230’s protections for online platforms. Sec. 230 could have implications on third-party sales of counterfeit goods on online platforms.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Security is holding a hearing Thursday on changing U.S. economic policies to better compete and build resilience to China.

The House and Senate are expected to be in session next week as well before recessing for August. That could change depending on status of the fifth round of coronavirus relief.

Today, he Senate Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee holds a hearing tomorrow on Digital Millennium Copyright Act limitations and exceptions.

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Hearing will hold a hearing on the PACT Act, which focuses on online speech, including the expansion of Section 230’s protections for online platforms. Sec. 230 could have implications on third-party sales of counterfeit goods on online platforms.

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Security is holding a hearing Thursday on changing U.S. economic policies to better compete and build resilience to China.

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