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WASHINGTON WEEK AHEAD - dc policy weekahead

DRIVING THE WEEK:

What's Ahead

  • The Senate is in session and convenes at 3 p.m. and will turn to debate on legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration as a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination remains on hold.
  • The House is out of session until after the midterms. Speaker Paul Ryan canceled votes for the month of October after the House passed an $854 billion spending package avoiding a shutdown and keeping the government open until December 7.
  • U.S. and Canadian negotiators struck a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which will further open Canada's dairy market to U.S. goods, strengthen intellectual property rules and tighten rules of origin for auto production. The agreement allows Mexico's outgoing president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to sign the pact before he leaves office on December 1, but lawmakers in the three countries still need to approve it.
  • President Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are set to meet this week as questions about the deputy attorney general's job status linger.
  • Trump will fly to Blountville, TN, on his way to Johnson City, TN, for a roundtable with supporters and a political rally.  He will fly to Mississippi tomorrow for another rally with supporters.

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U.S. Senate Schedule:
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
9:30 AM – SD-226
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Hearings to examine combating the trafficking of illegal fentanyl from China.
 
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-366
Energy and Natural Resources
Business meeting to consider S.32 and H.R.857, bills to provide for conservation and enhanced recreation activities in the California Desert Conservation Area, S.90 and H.R.428, bills to survey the gradient boundary along the Red River in the States of Oklahoma and Texas, S.414, to promote conservation, improve public land management, and provide for sensible development in Pershing County, Nevada, S.441, to designate the Organ Mountains and other public land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System in the State of New Mexico, S.483, to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, S.569, to amend title 54, United States Code, to provide consistent and reliable authority for, and for the funding of, the Land and Water Conservation Fund to maximize the effectiveness of the Fund for future generations, S.685, to authorize the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System and the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System in the States of Montana and North Dakota, S.785, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans, S.884, to amend the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 to require the Bureau of Land Management to provide a claimant of a small miner waiver from claim maintenance fees with a period of 60 days after written receipt of 1 or more defects is provided to the claimant by registered mail to cure the 1 or more defects or pay the claim maintenance fee, S.941, to withdraw certain National Forest System land in the Emigrant Crevice area located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana, from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, S.966, to establish a program to accurately document vehicles that were significant in the history of the United States, S.1012, to provide for drought preparedness measures in the State of New Mexico, S.1149, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to repeal a provision limiting the export of timber harvested from land conveyed to the Kake Tribal Corporation under that Act, S.1219, to provide for stability of title to certain land in the State of Louisiana, S.1403, to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to establish the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps to place youth and veterans in national service positions to conserve, restore, and enhance the great outdoors of the United States, S.1481, to make technical corrections to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, S.1522 and H.R.3186, bills to establish an Every Kid Outdoors program, S.1548, to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas and to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon, S.1572 and H.R.3279, bills to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to provide that extraction of helium from gas produced under a Federal mineral lease shall maintain the lease as if the helium were oil and gas, S.1787, to reauthorize the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992, S.1926 and H.R.2156, bills to provide for the establishment of a national memorial and national monument to commemorate those killed by the collapse of the Saint Francis Dam on March 12, 1928, S.1987 and H.R.2600, bills to provide for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, S.2062, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to convey at market value certain National Forest System land in the State of Arizona, S.2078 and H.R.4257, bills to maximize land management efficiencies, promote land conservation, generate education funding, S.2160, to establish a pilot program under the Chief of the Forest Service may use alternative dispute resolution in lieu of judicial review of certain projects, S.2166 and H.R.4465, bills to maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2023, to require a report on the implementation of those programs, S.2249, to permanently reauthorize the Rio Puerco Management Committee and the Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program, S.2290, to improve wildfire management operations and the safety of firefighters and communities with the best available technology, S.2297, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land to Custer County, South Dakota, S.2560, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, S.2809, to establish the San Rafael Swell Western Heritage and Historic Mining National Conservation Area in the State of Utah, to designate wilderness areas in the State, to provide for certain land convey
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-419
Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine Russia's role in Syria and the broader Middle East; to be immediately followed by a closed session in SVC-217.
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-538
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine implementation of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
10:30 AM – SD-215
Finance
Hearings to examine the nomination of Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security.
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
2:30 PM – SD-226
Judiciary
Subcommittee on Constitution
Hearings to examine threats to religious liberty around the world.
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2018
2:30 PM – SH-216
Intelligence
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
9:30 AM – SD-562
Aging
Hearings to examine patient-focused care, focusing on a prescription to reduce health care costs.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-226
Judiciary
Hearings to examine big bank bankruptcy, focusing on 10 years after Lehman Brothers.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-342
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Hearings to examine the nominations of Steven Dillingham, of Virginia, to be Director of the Census, and Michael Kubayanda, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
10:00 AM – SR-253
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine implementation of positive train control.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
2:15 PM – SD-406
Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
An oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of sound and transparent science in regulation.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
2:30 PM – SD-226
Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
An oversight hearing to examine the enforcement of the antitrust laws.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
2:30 PM – SD-430
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Subcommittee on Children and Families
Hearings to examine rare diseases, focusing on expediting treatments for patients.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
2:30 PM – SD-628
Indian Affairs
Business meeting to consider S.664, to approve the settlement of the water rights claims of the Navajo in Utah, to authorize construction of projects in connection therewith, and H.R.5317, to repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands; to be immediately followed by an oversight hearing to examine Government Accountability Office reports relating to broadband internet availability on tribal lands.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
2:30 PM – SR-253
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
Hearings to examine protecting United States amateur athletes, focusing on examining abuse prevention efforts across the Olympic movement.
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2018
2:30 PM – SR-428A
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Hearings to examine expanding opportunities for small businesses through the tax code.
Thursday, Oct 04, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-419
Foreign Relations
Hearings to examine the nomination of Eric George Nelson, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Department of State.
Thursday, Oct 04, 2018
10:00 AM – SD-538
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine combating money laundering and other forms of illicit finance, focusing on regulator and law enforcement perspectives on reform.
Thursday, Oct 04, 2018
10:00 AM – SR-253
Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Hearings to examine broadband, focusing on opportunities and challenges in rural America.
Thursday, Oct 04, 2018
2:00 PM – SH-219
Intelligence
To receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.