What to Watch for in the July Congressional Work Period.

Congress returns to Washington to kick off what is slated to be a very busy July work period. Lawmakers will look to make progress on several key “must-pass” items this month, starting with the fiscal year (FY) 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House this week.

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The Latest on Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Aides for both the White House and congressional leadership are preparing for another round of discussions on government spending and the debt ceiling ahead of the next leadership level meeting tomorrow.

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Treasury: U.S. Could Default by June 1 Absent Debt Ceiling Hike

The Treasury Department released its highly-anticipated update on the “X date” late yesterday amid stalled talks on a debt ceiling hike between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

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House Passes GOP Debt Ceiling Legislation

House lawmakers narrowly passed [217-215] Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) Limit, Save, Grow Act (text; summary) as House Republican leaders look to place pressure on President Biden to come to the negotiating table on the debt ceiling.

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Long-Serving Republican Aide Kyle Sanders Joins TRP

For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrew Rosenberg, (202) 247-6301 (arosenberg@thornrun.com)

Thorn Run Partners (TRP) announced today the addition of Kyle Sanders as Senior Vice President in their Washington, DC office. Most recently, Kyle was a senior aide and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Finance, Banking, Judiciary, and Veterans Affairs committees. 

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Health Policy Report (2/21)

Both chambers of Congress are out this week for the Presidents’ Day state work period. House and Senate lawmakers will resume legislative business on Monday, February 27.

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Health Policy Report (2/13)

The Senate will be in session this week to close out the February work period. On the floor, senators will resume consideration of pending presidential nominations, beginning with Cindy Chung’s nomination to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court. Meanwhile, House lawmakers have wrapped up legislative business for the month and will return after President’s Day district work period on Monday, February 27.

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Health Policy Report (2/6)

Capitol Hill Update

Lawmakers will return to action this week, starting with the House later today and the Senate tomorrow. Committee work in the upper chamber will begin in earnest after the Senate adopted its organizing resolutions for the 118th Congress during last Thursday’s session. Senators will also resume their push to clear pending presidential nominations when they return tomorrow, starting with DeAndrea Benjamin’s nomination to be a Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court. Meanwhile, House Republican leadership has teed up legislation that seeks to terminate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for foreign travelers. The bill is expected to pass the House along party lines and meet resistance in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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Health Policy Report (1/30)

The House and Senate will both meet for legislative business later today as lawmakers continue organizing various committee and subcommittee rosters for the 118th Congress. Notable announcements over the weekend include: (1) full committee assignments on the Democratic side for each of the House standing committees; (2) Democratic subcommittee rosters for the House Ways and Means Committee; and (3) GOP subcommittee assignments on the House Appropriations Committee, among others. Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to formally adopt its committee organizing resolutions at some point this week after waiver-related issues on the Republican side delayed consideration last week.

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Health Policy Report (1/23)

Both chambers of Congress will return for legislative business this week, starting with the Senate later today, followed by the House on Tuesday. On the floor, House Republican leadership has queued up a dozen suspension bills for consideration, including legislation that would nix the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) leasing authority. Lawmakers will take up a pair of measures related to disaster relief that would: (1) establish an online repository of certain reporting requirements for recipients of federal disaster assistance (H.R. 259); and (2) conduct a study that focuses on streamlining and consolidating information collection and preliminary damage assessment (H.R. 255). In the upper chamber, Senators will hold a final up-or-down vote on Brendan Owens’ nomination to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense. Meanwhile, the current expectation on Capitol Hill is that all committee assignments in both chambers will be completed this week as lawmakers look to begin committee work for the 118th Congress in earnest. 

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