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EIW TODAY - September 28, 2023

Prism Group's Daily Summary


REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE CAN’T SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON SPENDING...

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced yesterday that the Senate’s bipartisan short-term government funding bill will not receive a vote on the House floor. The Senate’s bill includes provisions negotiated by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to avoid a government shutdown. McCarthy cited a lack of funding for border security and discourse around funding for Ukraine as reasons for House GOP discontent.

THE SENATE CARRIES ON WITH SPENDING MEASURE VOTE... Despite disagreements in Congress, the Senate is planning a procedural vote today on the bipartisan short-term spending measure rejected by Speaker McCarthy. The bill focuses on a small portion of the budget.


BIDEN AND TRUMP SPEAK TO UAW STRIKERS... President Biden and former President Donald Trump visited Michigan this week, speaking to working-class voters amid the ongoing UAW strike. Biden emphasized his platform of supporting the American middle class and countering Chinese influence, while Trump focused on vindicating himself and promoting America-first policies. Their visits are setting the stage for their differing approaches to the 2024 presidential campaign.

Days left until a potential government shutdown:

3

THE STATE OF THE STATES


WHAT WE'RE WATCHING:

Seven state legislatures are in session.

Ohio lawmakers and members of the Ohio Nurses Association announced a new bill, the Nurse Workforce and Safe Patient Care Act, aimed at addressing Ohio’s nursing shortage. The bill would establish minimum staffing standards at all Ohio hospitals, create staffing committees to assess these standards, and begin a loan-to-grant program to encourage nursing students to work in Ohio after graduation.


Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch has filed legislation that would authorize legislative staff to form a union. Legislative staff being able to unionize would be a first in the Illinois legislature, and comes amid negotiations between Speaker Welch and his staff.

LAWMAKERS... IN OR OUT?

The House... will convene today at 9:00 AM ET. For the full schedule, click here.

The Senate... will convene at 10:00 AM ET today. For the full schedule, click here.

HAPPENING ON THE HILL The House...

  • Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Energy, and Supply Chains will hold a hearing TODAY, 9/28 at 10:00 AM ET titled “Energy Independence: How Burdensome Regulations are Crushing Small Offshore Energy Producers”.

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing TODAY, 9/28 at 10:00 AM ET titled "Investigating the Role of Electric Infrastructure in the Catastrophic Maui Fire".

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing TODAY, 9/28 at 10:30 AM ET titled "Powering America's Economy, Security, and Our Way of Life: Examining the State of Grid Reliability".

The Senate...

  • Committee on Finance will hold a hearing TODAY, 9/28 at 10:00 AM ET titled “Hearing to Consider the Nominations of Marjorie A. Rollinson, of Virginia, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury, Patricia Hart Neuman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund; to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund; to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, and Demetrios L. Kouzoukas, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund; to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund; to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund”.

  • Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property will hold a hearing next Tuesday, 10/03 at 2:30 PM ET titled “Back to School with the SHOP SAFE Act: Protecting Our Families from Unsafe Online Counterfeits”.

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing next Wednesday, 10/04 at 2:00 PM ET titled “CHIPS and Science Implementation and Oversight”.


BILLS OF INTEREST


  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill to expand the transactions for which declarations may be required by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to include investments in United States businesses that maintain or collect sensitive personal data.

  • Rep. Jeff Jackson (D-NC-14) introduced a bill to amend the National Quantum Initiative Act and the Cyber Security Research and Development Act to advance the rapid deployment of post quantum cybersecurity standards across the United States economy and support United States cryptography research.

  • Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) introduced a bill create a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund for the American people in order to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies and market efficiencies.

AT THE AGENCIES The US Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor announced the findings of impact inspections at 14 US mines and identified 246 violations of safety and health standards.

The US Department of the Treasury

The US Department of the Treasury announced the approval of federal funds to connect over 17,000 Oregon homes and businesses to high-speed internet.

The US Department of Commerce

Check back Monday for possible updates.

The US Trade Representative

Check back Monday for possible updates.

The US Small Business Administration

Check back Monday for possible updates.

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