by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
Both the House and Senate convene today, with schedules including appropriations bills, education reauthorization, and cybersecurity. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued a release outlining a list of items the House is expected to consider in July, including extending authorities of the Highway Trust Fund and an energy plan being developed by the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Today the House is scheduled to consider three bills, including bills related to veteran identification cards (Senate Amendment to H.R. 91) and land management agency hiring processes (H.R. 1531). Later in the week, the House will finish evaluating the Interior-Environment appropriations bill (H.R. 2822) and the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), and consider H.R. 2647, related to federal forestry management practices. The House is also scheduled to vote on H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act; this legislation would speed drug and biological product approvals and provide $1.86 billion annually for research backed by the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration. The House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing on Wednesday entitled “Medicaid at 50: Strengthening and Sustaining the Program.” The hearing will look at current and future challenges, including impacts on state budgets and the growth of waivers.
The Senate today as well to discuss p S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act (see additional information below). The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding two hearings on Wednesday related to cybersecurity: first the full committee scheduled a hearing entitled “Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy,” followed by the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee hearing entitled “Cyber Crime: Modernizing our Legal Framework for the Information Age.”