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EIW TODAY - October 23, 2023

Prism Group's Daily Summary


THE SPEAKERSHIP RACE CONTINUES INTO ANOTHER WEEK... The process to select the next Speaker of the House resumes this evening at 6:30 PM. House Republicans will hear from their nine colleagues who have thrown their names in the hat to become the next speaker. The election process is expected to start tomorrow, October 24th. In less than one month, Congress must pass appropriations legislation in order to prevent the government from shutting down on November 17th. This will be the very first order of business for the new Speaker.


Republican candidates to become the next Speaker of the House include:

  • Jack Bergman (MI)

  • Byron Donalds (FL)

  • Tom Emmer (MN)

  • Kevin Hern (OK)

  • Mike Johnson (LA)

  • Dan Meuser (PA)

  • Gary Palmer (AL)

  • Austin Scott (GA)

  • Pete Sessions (TX)


DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IMPLEMENTS REGULATIONS TO IMPROVE CONSTRUCTION WORKER’S ENVIORNMENT... The updates to the Davis-Beacon Regulations will strengthen and streamline the process for setting and enforcing wage rates on federally funded construction projects to make sure federal infrastructure investments are also investments in U.S. workers. Read more here.


THIRTY-ONE TECH HUBS DESIGNATED ACROSS THE COUNTRY... The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 included a Tech Hub Program, aimed at driving regional innovation and job creation by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy technology. The first thirty-one tech hubs were announced earlier this morning. Read more here.

THE STATE OF THE STATES


SESSIONS BY THE NUMBERS:

Seven state legislatures are in session. Texas and North Dakota are in special session.

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING:

The North Dakota legislature has started a special session today. The special session was ordered by Governor Doug Burgum (R) after the state Supreme Court struck down a major funding bill last month.

The Biden administration will announce technology hubs spanning across 32 states and Puerto Rico today, in a bid to increase innovation and job creation. The tech hubs reach Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Montana, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, New Hampshire, Missouri, Kansas, Maryland, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, Louisiana, Idaho, Wyoming, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, New York, Nevada, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Ohio, Maine, Washington and Puerto Rico.  

LAWMAKERS... IN OR OUT?

The House... is out of session today. The full schedule may be found here.

The Senate... convenes today at 12:00 PM ET for a pro forma session. The full schedule may be found here.

HAPPENING ON THE HILL The House...

  • Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing WEDNESDAY, 10/25 at 10:00 AM titled “Oversight of the SBA's Office of Entrepreneurial Development”

  • Committee on Ways and Means Work and Welfare Subcommittee will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 10/24 at 2:00 PM on Measuring Poverty: How the Biden Administration Plans to Redraw the Poverty Line and Rob Resources from Rural America.

  • Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee will hold a hearing WEDNESDAY, 10/25 at 10:00 AM on Educational Freedom and Opportunity for American Families, Students, and Workers.

  • Committee on Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing THURSDAY, 10/26 at 9:00 AM on One Million Claims and Growing: Improving Social Security’s Disability Adjudication Process.

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing WEDNESDAY, 10/25 at 2:00 PM titled “Supporting Access to Long-Term Services and Supports: An Examination of the Impacts of Proposed Regulations on Workforce and Access to Care.”

The Senate...

  • Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing TOMORROW, 10/24 at 3:00 PM titled “Examining Competition and Consumer Rights in Housing Markets.”

  • Committee on Finance will hold a hearing WEDNESDAY, 10/25 at 10:00 AM titled “Exploring Paid Leave: Policy, Practice, and Impact on the Workforce.”

  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will hold a hearing THURSDAY, 10/26 at 10:00 AM titled “Combating the Networks of Illicit Finance and Terrorism.”


BILLS OF INTEREST

  • Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA-46) introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a business tax credit for the purchase of zero-emission electric lawn, garden, and landscape equipment, and for other purposes.

  • Rep. David G. Valadao (R-CA-22) introduced a bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to notify applicants of the completion status of right-of-way applications under section 501 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 and section 28 of the Mineral Leasing Act.

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO-3) introduced a bill to require the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw the proposed rule relating to fluid mineral leases and leasing process, and for other purposes.

AT THE AGENCIES The US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor issued a news release after debarring a labor contractor who threatened, intimidated farmworkers; assesses $62K in penalties for abuses of agricultural workers.

The US Department of the Treasury

The US Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Energy, and IRS jointly issued a press release on “How President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda is Supporting Record Small Business Growth.”

The US Department of Commerce

Check back tomorrow for possible updates.

The US Trade Representative

Check back tomorrow for possible updates.

The US Small Business Administration

The US Small Business Administration issued a press release titled “Biden-Harris Administration Expands Access to Capital for Underserved Small Businesses Through Mission-Based Lenders.”

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