Weekly Newsletter – Week of June 5th, 2023

Lobbyit Weekly Newsletter

Headlines to Know:

Biden Signs into Law Debt Ceiling Bill

Joe Biden signed into law The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, which suspends the debt limit until January 1st, 2025 and increases the limit on January 2nd, 2025. Further, it provides funding for the VA Cost of War Toxic Exposure Fund, the Department of Commerce Nonrecurring Expenses Fund and establishes pay-as-you-go rules for administrative actions that either increase or decrease spending. Lastly, this bill establishes the continuation of federal student loan payments and adds work requirements for SNAP and TANF benefits.

Biden Invites Allies to Washington as Fighting Intensifies in Ukraine

President Biden hosted the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Fredriksen to discuss providing military support to Ukraine. Ukraine previously demanded for the U.S. to provide them with F-16 warplanes, and in late May Biden agreed to allow pilots to be trained to operate the aircraft and for allied countries to supply them. On Thursday President Biden will host the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to further discuss plans to support Ukraine, and in July Biden will travel to Lithuania for the NATO summit, where aiding Ukraine will be a prominent focus.

Biden Administration Pushes for Patient Voice in Drug Price Negotiations

As the ink on the Inflation Reduction Act continues to dry, negotiations between Medicare and patients are beginning to take shape. As a part of the bill, the Biden Administration is pushing for cooperation between Medicare patients and caregivers in negotiating the price of drugs in Medicare Part D. Plans are taking shape to highlight the impacts of high drug costs on patients and frame key populations in need of certain medications.


June 5th

  • House Committee on Rules: R. 277 – REINS Act of 2023; H.R. 288 – Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2023; H.R. 1615 – Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act; H.R. 1640 – Save Our Gas Stoves Act

June 6th

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
  • House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
  • House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  • House Judiciary Hearing: IP and Strategic Competition with China: Part II – Prioritizing U.S. Innovation Over Assisting Foreign Adversaries
  • House Agriculture Hearing
  • House Science, Space, and Technology Hearing
  • House Oversight and Accountability Hearing
  • House Small Business Hearing
  • House Natural Resources Hearing
  • House Education and the Workforce Markup: H. Res. 461, Condemning the use of elementary and secondary school facilities to provide shelter for aliens who are not admitted to the United States. H.R.1147, Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023 H.R.2813, Self-Insurance Protection Act H.R.2868, Association Health Plans Act H.R.824, Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act of 202
  • House Energy and Commerce Hearing
  • House Homeland Security Hearing
  • House Judiciary Hearing
  • House Oversight and Accountability Hearing

June 7th

  • House Committee on Ways and Means: Markup of H.R. 3667, H.R. 3784, H.R. 3796, H.R. 1843, H.R. 3800, H.R. 3797, H.R. 3801, H.R. 3798, H.R. 379
  • House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs: Legislative Hearing On: H.R. 630 (Rep. Grijalva), “Urban Indian Health Confer Act”; H.R. 1240 (Rep. Feenstra), “Winnebago Land Transfer Act of 2023”; H.R. 1722 (Rep. Salinas), “Grand Ronde Reservation Act Amendment of 2023”; H.R. 2461 (Rep. Crane), “San Juan Southern Paiute Tribal Homelands Act of 2023”; H.R. 2839 (Rep. Hoyle), To amend the Siletz Reservation Act to address the hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and for other purposes; and H.R. 3371 (Rep. Johnson of SD), “Wounded Knee Massacre Memorial and Sacred Site Act”.
  • House Oversight and Accountability Committee and Committee on House Administration “American Confidence in Elections: The Path to Election Integrity in The District of Columbia”
  • House Agriculture Hearing “Innovation, Employment, Integrity, and Health: Opportunities for Modernization in Title IV”
  • House Energy and Commerce Hearing “Building Blockchains: Exploring Web3 and Other Applications for Distributed Ledger Technologies”
  • House Financial Services Hearing “Dollar Dominance: Preserving the U.S. Dollar’s Status and the Global Reserve Currency”
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Meeting “Hearings to examine perspectives on ecosystem restoration projects of the US Army Corps of Engineers.”
  • Senate Judiciary Meeting
  • Senate Budget Meeting “Hearings to examine the changing agricultural landscape, focusing on cultivating stewardship.”
  • Senate Foreign Relations Hearing
  • Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Hearing
  • House Education and the Workforce Meeting “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Labor.”
  • Senate Appropriations Meeting “To receive a closed briefing on proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2024 for capacity of the defense industrial base and wartime stockpiles.”
  • House Natural Resources Hearing: Oversight hearing on “Examining Ongoing Cybersecurity Threats within the Department of the Interior and the Nexus to State-Sponsored Cyber Actors.”
  • House Foreign Affairs Hearing “Ignoring our Allies in the Western Hemisphere: Reviewing President Biden’s FY24 Budget Request”
  • House Small Business Hearing “Prices on the Rise: Examining the Effects of Inflation on Small Businesses.”
  • House Judiciary Hearing “The Border Crisis: Is the Law Being Faithfully Executed?”
  • House Homeland Security Hearing “Transnational Criminal Organizations: The Menacing Threat to the U.S. Homeland”
  • Senate Intelligence (Select Meeting)
  • Senate Foreign Relations Meeting
  • Senate Indian Affairs Meeting: Business meeting to consider S.1723, to establish the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States.
  • Senate Veterans’ Affairs Meeting
  • Senate Judiciary Meeting
  • Senate Rules and Administration Meeting

June 8th

  • House Committee and Oversight and Accountability: The Full Committee to Consider the Following: 1) H.Res. _____, Recommending that the House of Representatives find Christopher Wray, Director, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Accountability.
  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Finance: Hearings to examine consolidation and corporate ownership in health care, focusing on trends and impacts on access, quality, and costs.
  • Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Meeting
  • Senate Judiciary Meeting: Business meeting to consider S.1080, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to require electronic communication service providers and remote computing services to report to the Attorney General certain controlled substances violations, S.1094, to provide a temporary safe harbor for publishers of online content to collectively negotiate with dominant online platforms regarding the terms on which content may be distributed, and the nominations of Ana de Alba, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, and Irma Carrillo S. Ramirez, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Meeting
  • Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Meeting
  • Senate Foreign Relations Meeting