Capitol Hill Intern Update (November 10th, 2021)
The long-awaited infrastructure bill finally made it through Congress last week! If you breathed a sigh of relief at the return of recess, you’re not alone. Now onto reconciliation!
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THIS WEEK ON THE FLOOR
The House and Senate are out this week for a committee work period.
THIS WEEK IN COMMITTEE
Full Schedule | Select Hearings:
“Weathering the Storm: Reauthorizing the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program“ in House Science, Space, and Technology, Nov. 10 @ 10 AM, online
“Hunger Among Veterans and Servicemembers: Understanding the Problem and Evaluating Solutions“ in House Agriculture, Nov. 10 @ 12 PM, online
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
After months of negotiations, the House finally passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in a 228–206 vote
- The bill includes funding for roads & bridges, public transit, broadband infrastructure, and more
- The Build Back Better (BBB) plan is expected to move forward as well, though it may undergo significant changes in the Senate
- Some Senate Democrats are still pushing for pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the BBB, but may have to settle for more temporary provisions such as five-year work permits and deportation protections
The Senate has confirmed Robert Santos as the first Latino, and first person of color, to lead the U.S. Census Bureau
Last week’s election results from Virginia and New Jersey may foreshadow GOP success in the 2022 midterms
Preliminary trial for Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill finds 89% reduction in hospitalizations and death
Almost 100,000 protestors marched at the COP26 global climate summit to demand stronger measures in response to climate change
Thursday is Veterans Day! Thank a veteran you know for their service this week and support veteran-owned small businesses
There may be yet another coronavirus that can be spread between humans, but don’t panic — scientists have caught it early
Roku users will no longer be able to download Youtube in December following a dispute between the two companies; the feud has gained traction in Congress from members pushing Big Tech antitrust legislation
A current SCOTUS case questions whether the denial of SSI benefits for Puerto Rican residents satisfies the rational basis test
The heavy reliance on “Fast Grants” to fund COVID-19 research has many calling for a scientific revolution in America
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EVENTS THIS WEEK
Wednesday, November 10th
9:30 AM — 5 PM: Conversations About Humanity’s Biggest Bets
10:30 AM — 3:30 PM: NYT DealBook Online Summit
12 PM — 1 PM: The Price of Good Health
1 PM — 2 PM: The Future of the Workplace
Thursday, November 11th
Friday, November 12th
1 PM — 2 PM: Fighting fakes: Defeating the disinformation crisis
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM: ‘Woke, Inc.’: A conversation with Vivek Ramaswamy
+ Many more events at Hill Happenings