Today on the Hill: House Reconvenes to Suspension Docket; Zuckerberg Appears in Senate Judiciary Committee

Congress returns to full strength today as the House will reconvene for the first time since approving the 2018 fiscal year omnibus last month. The lower chamber’s docket today features a slate of five suspension bills, primarily related to internet infrastructure regulation and resolutions backing international human rights.

Senate lawmakers will continue their nominations work, joined by newly sworn-in Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS). Sen. Hyde-Smith replaces Thad Cochran as senator from the Magnolia State, while Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) is expected to take Cochran’s place as chair of the Appropriations Committee. Votes in the upper chamber today include a final up-or-down on the nomination of Claria Boom to be a U.S. District Judge in Kentucky and a cloture vote on the nomination of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Attention in Washington today will likely focus on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to deliver highly-anticipated testimony on the company’s recent scandal involving user privacy. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have signaled their disappointment in Facebook’s use of personal information in targeting for advertisements and political messages, and some observers expect Congress to consider regulations that would limit what tech companies can do with user data. Zuckerberg is also due to appear in the House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow.