Weekly Washington Outlook — June 27, 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 is in recess, returning Tuesday, July 5.

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will consider the nomination of Robert F Rossiter to be U.S. District Judge for the district of Nebraska. On Tuesday, Majority Leader McConnell has scheduled a vote on a vehicle for funding to combat the Zika virus. Later in the week, the Senate will resume consideration of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill and could vote on a gun-related provision sponsored by Senator Collins (R-Maine). The Senate also plans to vote on PROMESA, House-backed legislation to help Puerto Rico’s financial and humanitarian crisis.

White House:

On Monday, the president will welcome the 2015 WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, to honor the team and their WNBA championship victory.

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

On Wednesday, the president will travel to Ottawa, Canada for the North American Leaders’ Summit, where he will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. While in Ottawa, President Obama will also address a joint session of the Parliament of Canada.

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

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Answering Concerns about Zika and Preparing Our Families for the Summer Months

NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía, talking with residents of Plaza Gran Victoria in San Juan, PR.

NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía, talking with residents of Plaza Gran Victoria in San Juan, PR.

Puerto Rico is leading our nation in Zika infections, although expectations are that cases will increase in the continental U.S. with travel to and from countries and territories where there is an outbreak. Recently, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía traveled to Puerto Rico with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and a delegation of U.S. Latino leaders. They learned firsthand about the threat of Zika, in addition to the social and economic crisis in Puerto Rico today. The delegation visited with an expectant mother and her family in a local public housing development and learned about efforts to protect families from Zika in and around the home.

As of June 1, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the case count for the Zika virus is 618 in Washington, D.C. and U.S. states and 1,114 in U.S. territories. In addition, in the U.S. and U.S. territories, a total of 341 pregnant women show symptoms of possible Zika virus infection, according to lab evidence. Zika is a virus transmitted by infected mosquitos and presents symptoms that are usually mild. The consequences for pregnant women and their families, though, can be especially serious since Zika infections sometimes lead to microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with a much smaller head than expected. Continue reading

Weekly Washington Outlook — June 6, 2016

US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:

 Congress:

House:

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

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

  • R. 5325– Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Graves / Appropriations Committee)
  • R. 5278– Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy / Natural Resources Committee)
  • Con.Res. 89– Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Con.Res. 112– Expressing the sense of Congress opposing the President’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil. (Subject to a Rule)(Sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany / Ways and Means Committee)

Senate:

On Monday, the Senate will consider S.2943, the National Defense Authorization Act.

White House:

On Monday, the president will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl 50 victory.

On Tuesday, President Obama will meet with Prime Minister Modi of India at the White House. The visit will highlight the deepening of the U.S.-India relationship in key areas since the President’s visit to New Delhi in January 2015

On Wednesday, the president will travel to New York to attend a DSCC event and a DNC event.

On Thursday, President Obama will host a reception at the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

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

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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 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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