Weekly Washington Outlook — May 31, 2016

White House at Night

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

The House is in recess this week, returning Tuesday, June 7.

Senate:

The Senate is in recess this week, returning Monday, June 6.

White House:

On Tuesday, the president will visit the FEMA headquarters to receive the annual hurricane season outlook and preparedness briefing. In the afternoon, President Obama will welcome the NCAA Champion Villanova University Men’s Basketball team to honor the team and their 2016 NCAA Championship.

On Wednesday, the president will return to Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. – the site of his first trip as president. More than seven years after that visit, President Obama will highlight the economic progress that Elkhart and America have made, the economic challenges that remain, and the decisions that face Americans in communities like Elkhart.  While in Elkhart, the president will take part in a town hall hosted by PBS, where he’ll have the opportunity to hear directly from Elkhart residents.

On Thursday, President Obama will address the 2016 graduates at the United States Air Force Academy commencement ceremony.  In the evening, the president will return to Washington.

On Friday, President Obama will travel to Miami, where he will attend DSCC and DNC events. In the evening, the president will travel to Palm City, Fla., where he will remain through Sunday.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — May 23, 2016

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

On Monday, the House will consider a series of non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules.  A full list is available here.

On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House will consider the following:

  • R. 897– Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2576– To modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, and for other purposes. (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 5233– Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for DC Home Rule Act of 2016 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
  • R. 5055– Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Simpson / Appropriations Committee)
  • House Amendment to S. 2012– Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will consider S.2613, the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016. Later in the week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to bring up S. 2943, the defense authorization bill.

White House:

On Monday, in the morning, the president will arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam. While in Hanoi, the President will participate in an arrival ceremony and take an official photo with President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace. Afterward, President Obama will participate in a bilateral meeting with President Quang. Following this meeting, the president will meet with the chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.  Afterward, President Obama will participate in a press conference with President Quang and attend the state luncheon. Later in the afternoon, the president will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam. In the evening, the President Obama will participate in a bilateral meeting with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The president will remain overnight in Hanoi.

On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with Embassy personnel and families. Later in the morning, he will meet with members of civil society. In the afternoon, the president will deliver remarks on U.S.-Vietnam relations at the National Convention Center. Following his remarks, President Obama will depart Hanoi en route Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While in Ho Chi Minh City, he will tour the Jade Pagoda. Following this visit, he will tour the DreamPlex Coworking Space and deliver remarks at an event focused on entrepreneurship and opportunity for the Vietnamese people. President Obama will remain overnight in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

On Wednesday, the president will meet with U.S. consulate staff and family members. Afterward, President Obama will participate in a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall. In the afternoon, he will depart Vietnam en route Ise-Shima, Japan, where he will remain overnight.

On Thursday, the president will visit the Ise-Jingu Shrine.  In the afternoon, President Obama will attend meetings at the G-7 summit.

On Friday, the president will attend a G-7 meetings on energy, climate and the prosperity of Asia. In the afternoon, he will participate in a family photo with outreach guests and attend a working lunch on development issues. Later in the afternoon, the president will depart Tokoname en route Hiroshima, Japan. While in Hiroshima, President Obama will deliver remarks and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The president will also meet with service members at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Japan. In the evening, he will depart Hiroshima, Japan en route Washington, DC.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — May 16, 2016

Washingyon DC

Photo: Pedro Szekely

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

On Monday, the House will vote on legislation under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 3832 – Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Prevention Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Renacci / Ways and Means Committee). 

On Tuesday and the balance of the week, the House will vote on H.R. 897 – Zika Vector Control Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Gibbs / Agriculture Committee) under suspension of the rules. The House will also consider the following:

  • Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on 524Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
  • R. 4909 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
  • R. 4974Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Charlie Dent / Appropriations Committee)
  • R. ____ – Zika Response Appropriations Act, 2016 (Subject to a Rule)

Senate:

The Senate will vote on Monday evening on a judicial nomination. On Tuesday, the Senate resume consideration of a joint Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (THUD/Milcon-VA) spending bill. The Chamber is scheduled to vote on three Zika-related funding proposals.

White House:

On Monday, the president will host a Medal of Valor ceremony at the White House. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.

On Tuesday, President Obama will attend meetings at the White House.

On Wednesday, the president will participate in a DNC roundtable.

On Thursday, President Obama will award National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators. The Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering and mathematics. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.

On Friday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

On Saturday, President Obama will depart Washington en route Hanoi, Vietnam. This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — May 9, 2016

U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

 What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

The House returns from its recess on Tuesday and will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:

  • 2755– Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / House Administration Committee)
  • R. 4063– Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, as amended(Sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
  • R. 4957– To designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Andre Carson / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
  • R. 4985– Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Foreign Affairs Committee)
  • 32– Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 5048– Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Guinta / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 5052– OPEN Act (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy / Judiciary Committee)
  • 125– Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 2137– Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)
  • R. 3209– Recovering Missing Children Act (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

On Wednesday, the House will also vote on legislation under suspension of the rules:

  • R. 4843– Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • R. 4978– NAS Healthy Babies Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 3680– Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 3691– Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 1818– Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4969– John Thomas Decker Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Meehan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4586– Lali’s Law (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Dold / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4599– Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4976– Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4982– Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Bill Foster / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • R. 4981– Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee)

In addition, the House will vote Wednesday on H.R. 4641, legislation to provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)

On Thursday and Friday the House will vote on the following:

  • R. 5046– Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
  • Consideration of House Amendment to S. 524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
  • Motion to go to Conference on S. 524, and Possible Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees

Senate:

The Senate returns from its recess on Monday and will resume consideration of the Energy and Water appropriations bill.  A vote on a substitute amendment to the legislation is scheduled for Monday evening.  Later in the week, Senator McConnell (R-KY) may schedule a procedural vote on a “minibus,” combining spending bills for Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs.
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Weekly Washington Outlook — May 2, 2016

US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

House:

The House is in recess this week, returning May 10.

Senate:

The Senate is in recess this week, returning May 9.

White House:

On Monday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

On Tuesday, President Obama will honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year and finalists at the White House, thanking them for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom.

On Wednesday, the president will travel to Flint, Mich. to the hear first-hand from Flint residents about the public health crisis, receive an in-person briefing on the federal efforts in place to help respond to the needs of the people of Flint, and deliver remarks to community members. In the evening, President Obama will deliver remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies 22nd annual awards gala dinner.

On Thursday, the [resident will host a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House. In the afternoon, President Obama will be joined by the vice president, first lady and Dr. Biden to kick off the 5th anniversary of Joining Forces and the 75th anniversary of the USO. The event, A Celebration of Service, will include nearly 1,500 service members and their families.

On Friday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

On Saturday, President Obama will deliver the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of Howard University in Washington. As one of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Howard University is recognized for its rigorous education and legacy of building lasting bridges of opportunity for young people.

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