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Federal Legislative Update - May 22nd, 2023

The House is in session this week, while the Senate is out until May 30th. The full House Appropriations Committee will hold several markups for Fiscal Year 2024 spending bills. Congressional negotiators hope to strike a deal with President Joe Biden before June 1, which, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, is still the earliest date that the U.S. could potentially default. One or both chambers may return during the Memorial Day weekend if progress is made.

President Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will meet today at 5:30pm EST to discuss progress on the budget deal. Leaders from both sides have hand-picked proxies to move the negotiation process along. Parties limited the room of negotiators to Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.) and Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) for Republicans and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young and Steve Ricchetti, Counselor to the President, for the Democrats. The sticking points remain the same for the $31.4 trillion debt limit issue; overall budget caps for future fiscal years, permitting reform for energy projects, the rescission of unspent Covid-19 relief funding, and work requirements for social programs. Today, Speaker McCarthy said a deal must occur this week to leave enough time to avoid a default, while calling the early morning discussions today productive.

The House Appropriations Committee will hold four markups of FY 2024 spending bills including Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs; Legislative Branch; Homeland Security; and Agriculture-Rural Development-Food and Drug Administration. Following the markups, the House will vote on the first four of twelve appropriations bills, likely by mid-June. Of note, Democrats and Republicans have yet to agree on top line spending numbers for FY24 and many expect Democrats to slow the process through amendments opposing numerous spending cuts.

The House will vote on a Senate-passed Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproval resolution (S.J. Res. 11) nullifying a January 2023 EPA rule that established new emission standards for heavy-duty engines and vehicles; a CRA disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 45) nullifying the Education Department’s student debt relief plan; and the Halt All Lethal Trafficking (HALT) Fentanyl Act (H.R. 467), which permanently classifies fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. The House may also vote on whether to override President Biden’s veto of a CRA disapproval resolution (H.J. Res. 39) passed by Congress several weeks ago, which would repeal a two-year suspension of tariffs on solar panels from Southeast Asia.

For the remainder of the week, the House will hold several hearings, including an Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on “Oversight and Reauthorization of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration;”

and a Natural Resources Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries Subcommittee hearing on the “Fiscal 2024 budget proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Power Marketing Administrations.”

Bills and Regulations of Interest to You

S. 1144 & H.R. 3184

Invest to Protect Act of 2023

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J) & Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)

Establishes a grant program to provide assistance to local law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes.


S.546 & H.R. 3325

Recruit and Retain Act

Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) & Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)

Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize law enforcement agencies to use COPS grants for recruitment activities, and for other purposes.


H.R. 3360

National Infrastructure Investment Corporation (NIIC) Act

Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA)

Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize law enforcement agencies to use COPS grants for recruitment activities, and for other purposes.


S. 1695

American Infrastructure Bonds Act of 2023

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Reforms permitting and environmental review processes expediting the federal permitting process for important energy, infrastructure and transportation projects.


H.R. 3376

Enhancing COPS Hiring Program Grants for Local Law Enforcement Act

Rep. Greg Landsman (D-OH)

Expands the COPS Hiring Program to allow local law enforcement agencies to utilize program grants for recruitment and retention bonuses. The legislation would also modify the program to allow grant applications to be valid for five years, instead of the current one year, to reduce the costs and administrative burdens faced by law enforcement agencies through the annual application process.




Noise Policy Review

The FAA is reviewing our noise policy as part of our ongoing commitment to address aircraft noise.

July 31, 2023


Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution

Reduces plastic waste and other post-consumer materials in waterways and oceans, as directed by Congress in section 301 of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act.

June 16, 2023


Recycling Infrastructure & Market Opportunities

Develops an interactive map of recycling markets visually presenting data estimates.

June 26, 2023