Several Senate Committees announced subcommittee leadership and rosters

Several Senate Committees announced subcommittee leadership and rosters

While the House was in recess last week, the Senate continued to organize committees and focus on judicial nominations. Although the legislative load is light at the moment, March is poised to be the beginning of Congress’ busy season with appropriations, the budget, and Farm Bill negotiations gearing up.

The President’s Budget is expected to be released on March 9, but appropriators aren’t letting that slow their plans. We are hearing that House subcommittees will be aiming for a mid-March deadline for member requests, with the Senate to follow shortly after with an early-April deadline. Negotiations are continuing among House Republicans regarding guidelines for earmarks in this appropriations cycle.

Several Senate Committees announced subcommittee leadership and rosters:

  • Agriculture subcommittee leadership and rosters
  • Appropriations subcommittee leadership and rosters
  • Armed Services subcommittee leadership and rosters
  • Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee chairs and ranking members
  • Environment and Public Works subcommittee leadership and rosters
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee leadership

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on Wednesday estimating that the U.S. could default on its debt between July and September if Congress does not raise or suspend the cap. CBO originally projected this date would fall in June, and fears have begun circulating that the new timing could impact August recess.

The ongoing fight for federal permitting reform, led by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) last Congress, continues to be a hot topic on the Hill. Possible movement on relevant legislation could come as soon as this spring in the House, and there is also an indication of interest across the aisle in both chambers. House Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04) said Republicans will use the BUILDER Act, a measure introduced in the 117th Congress by Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-06), as the “starting point.” That bill sought to update the National Environmental Policy Act by expediting timeframes associated with reviews.

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