Saturday, August 18, 2018

Senate Committee Schedule

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Armed Services
Hearings to examine the nominations of
Alan Ray Shaffer, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment,
Veronica Daigle, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary, and
Casey Wardynski, of Alabama, and Alex A. Beehler, of Maryland, both to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, all of the Department of Defense.

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Hearings to examine Russia sanctions, focusing on current effectiveness and potential for next steps.

Energy and Natural Resources
Hearings to examine the energy efficiency of blockchain and similar technologies and the cybersecurity possibilities of such technologies for energy industry applications.

Senate Floor Schedule

Program for Monday: Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 6157, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, and votes on or in relation to McConnell (for Menendez/Murkowski) Amendment No. 3705 (to Amendment No.  3695), and McConnell (for Fischer) Amendment No. 3706 (to Amendment No. 3695), at 5:30 p.m.

Congressional Outlook

Committee Activity

U.S. senators pledge to fight Trump push to cut foreign aid

GOP Absences Push Back Judicial Nominees


Floor Outlook

Senate hopes to end years of spending gridlock
The Senate next week embarks on an unusual strategy that could result in the passage of most of the 2019 federal government spending in one bill, and before fiscal year-end deadline.

Congress Last Week

Weekly Digest of the Congressional Record

Floor Activity Headlines

US Senate Adopts Resolution Backing Free Press After Trump Attacks

Supreme Court Nominee Update

Kavanaugh Makes Strategic Stops on His Senate Tour as Chamber Returns
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will ramp up his behind-the-scenes preparation over the next three weeks for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Kavanaugh, who is more used to asking questions from the dais as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the past 12 years, has been going through mock hearings that last several hours with questions from people assigned to the role of different senators, a White House official said.

Next week, that will include full mock hearings to condition Kavanaugh for several all-day sessions of questioning from committee members, the official said.

Americans increasingly want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed

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