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

OF INTEREST

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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