Congressional Hearings to Focus on Immigration and Border Issues

Posted on 07/15/2019 5:27 AM

Mueller testimony delayed

 


Lawmakers will focus on hearings and in the Senate nominations while talks continue with the White House on several budget and funding issues.  

 

 

Immigration and border focus. Several hearings on tap this week will investigate the Trump administration's immigration and border policies.

 

Mueller testimony delayed. The House Judiciary and House Intelligence hearings featuring Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III have been rescheduled from Wednesday to July 24.

 

The House votes on legislation related to the minimum wage, the "Cadillac tax" and contempt of Congress.

 

The Senate continues work on nominations. Today they resume consideration of Peter Joseph Phipps' nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge.

 

On the ag policy front, hearings this week will look at the livestock sector and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

 

Economic updates for the week include:

 

Monday:
—Empire State Manufacturing Survey

 

Tuesday:
— Retail Sales
— Import & Export Prices
— Industrial Production
— Business Inventories
— Housing Market Index   


Wednesday:
— Housing Starts
— Beige Book  

Thursday:
— Jobless Claims
— Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey

— Leading Indicators    .

Friday:
— Consumer Sentiment

 

Key U.S. and international ag and energy reports and events include:

 

Monday, July 15

Ag reports and events:

  • Export Inspections
  • Crop Progress
  • Cotton & Wool Outlook
  • Oil Crops Outlook
  • Feed Outlook
  • Wheat Outlook
  • Rice Outlook
  • Turkey Hatchery  

Tuesday, July 16

Ag reports and events:

  • Feed Grains: Yearbook Tables
  • Season-Average Price Forecasts

Energy reports and events:

  • API weekly U.S. oil inventory report

Wednesday, July 17

Ag reports and events:

  • Broiler Hatchery
  • Fruit & Tree Nut Data
  • Vegetables and Pulses Data
  • Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook
  • Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook

Energy reports and events:

  • API weekly U.S. oil inventory report
  • EIA Petroleum Status Report
  • U.S. weekly ethanol inventories

Thursday, July 18

Ag reports and events:

  • Weekly Export Sales
  • Dairy: World Markets & Trade  

Energy reports and events:

  • EIA natural gas storage change

Friday, July 19

Ag reports and events:

  • CFTC weekly commitments of traders report on various U.S. futures and options contracts (back data)
  • Peanut Prices
  • Cattle
  • Cattle on Feed  
  • FranceAgriMer weekly update on French crop conditions

Energy reports and events:

  • Baker Hughes weekly U.S. oil/gas rig counts

 

Other reports and events this week include:

 

Monday, July 15

  • Deadline for employees of USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture to say whether they will move to Kansas City.
  • Congress. The House and Senate are both in session this week.
  • President Donald Trump hosts the third annual "Made in America Product Showcase." White House, South Lawn. Trump is also to meet with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to discuss "ways to create a more robust relationship focused on addressing migration and security priorities."
  • Federal Reserve. New York Fed President John Williams to give keynote remarks at the "LIBOR Transition Briefing: The Transition to Alternative Reference Rates" held by SIFMA in New York.
  • Hatch Act violations. House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on "Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration Part II: Kellyanne Conway."
  • Border facility crowding. House Judiciary Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee hearing on "Overcrowding and Prolonged Detention at CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Facilities."
  • FERC meeting. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting on revisions to the ISO New England Inc. Transmission, Markets and Services Tariff (Tariff) reflecting improvements to its market design to better address regional fuel security concerns.
  • Moon landing. NASA Administrator James Bridenstine holds a conference call briefing, beginning at 1 p.m., to discuss the significance of the July 20 anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and NASA's plans "to go forward to the moon and on to Mars."
  • Biodiesel subsidies. Taxpayers for Common Sense and Waxman Strategies hold a meeting on "Rethinking Biodiesel Subsidies: The Climate, Taxpayer and Food Security Costs."  

Tuesday, July 16

  • Federal Reserve. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell talks on the Aspects of Monetary Policy in the Post-Crisis Era at the French G7 Presidency 2019 – Bretton Woods: 75 Years Later, Thinking About the Next 75, Paris, France;
  • U.S. livestock economies. House Agriculture Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on "Reviewing the State of the US Livestock and Poultry Economies."
  • Heavy duty vehicles & climate change. House Select Climate Crisis Committee hearing on "Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaning Up Heavy Duty Vehicles, Protecting Communities."
  • Hurricane response. House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on "Lessons Lost After Katrina? The Trump Administration's Response to the Hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Wireless spectrum. House Energy & Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on "Our Wireless Future: Building A Comprehensive Approach to Spectrum Policy."
  • Facebook proposed digital currency. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on "Examining Facebook's Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations."
  • Citizenship & immigration. House Judiciary Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee hearing on "Policy Changes and Processing Delays at US Citizenship and Immigration Services."
  • Oil & gas development. House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing on "Oil and Gas Development: Impacts of Business-as-Usual on the Climate and Public Health."
  • EPA advisory committees. House Science, Space and Technology Investigations Oversight Subcommittee and Environment Subcommittee hearing on "EPA Advisory Committees: How Science Should Inform Decisions."
  • Russia disinformation. House Foreign Affairs Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment Subcommittee hearing on "Russian Disinformation Attacks on Elections: Lessons from Europe."
  • U.S. & Central America. Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues Subcommittee hearing on "US Engagement in Central America."
  • U.S. Census outlook. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on "2020 Census: Conducting a Secure and Accurate Count."
  • U.S. policy in Iraq. Senate Foreign Relations Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism Subcommittee hearing on "Iraq: A Crossroads of US Policy."
  • Google search engines. Senate Judiciary The Constitution Subcommittee hearing on "Google and Censorship through Search Engines.”
  • Sen. Sanders. Washington Post Live holds a discussion with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) part of the "2020 Candidates" interview series.
  • Politics & the Fed. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) discussion on "Presidents, politics and the Federal Reserve Board governors: Is there a new PhD standard?"
  • Supreme Court future. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court."
  • Blockchain. Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) discussion on "Blockchain 101: Harnessing the Distributive Power of Blockchain," focusing on economic and social implications including data protection and privacy and digital platform competition.
  • Rural energy. Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) briefing on "Equitable Solutions to Rural Energy Burdens."
  • Medicare for all. Heritage Foundation discussion on "Examining Medicare for All."

Wednesday, July 17

  • Facebook’s cryptocurrency. House Financial Services hearing on "Examining Facebook's Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System."
  • National organic program. House Agriculture Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee hearing on "Assessing the Effectiveness of the National Organic Program."
  • Scientific integrity at federal agencies. House Science, Space & Technology Investigations Oversight Subcommittee and Research and Technology Subcommittee joint hearing on "Scientific Integrity in Federal Agencies."
  • Aviation safety. House Transportation & Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee hearing on "State of Aviation Safety."
  • U.S. electric grid. House Science, Space & Technology Energy Subcommittee hearing on "The Future of Electricity Delivery: Modernizing and Securing our Nation's Electricity Grid."
  • Southern border migration. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting on "Roundtable - Unprecedented Migration at the US Southern Border: Bipartisan Policy Recommendations from the Homeland Security Advisory Council."
  • Economic mobility. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Economic Policy Subcommittee hearing on "Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?".
  • Electric batteries. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee  hearing on electric battery production and waste.
  • Costs of regulatory changes. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee hearing on "Federally Incurred Cost of Regulatory Changes and How Such Changes Are Made."
  • Adverse event reporting. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds a meeting on "Electronic Submission of Adverse Event Reports to FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) Using International Council for Harmonization (ICH) E2B(R3) Standards."
  • Mexico situation. Woodrow Wilson Center's (WWC) Mexico Institute holds a discussion on "Rule of Law in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities in the Time of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)."
  • Hot dog day. North American Meat Institute holds its annual Hot Dog Lunch in celebration of July as National Hot Dog Month on National Hot Dog Day.
  • Cannabis. American Bar Association (ABA) holds a discussion on The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking (SAFE) Act and Cannabis Related Businesses."
  • Legalized marijuana. American Bar Association (ABA) webinar on "Legalized Marijuana and the Workplace."
  • Climate change & national security. American Security Project (ASP) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) hold a webinar on "Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. National Security."

Thursday, July 18

  • Federal Reserve. New York Fed President John Williams to give the Keynote Address on Monetary Policy at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Central Bank Research Association in New York.
  • Farm bill implementation. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on "Agricultural Research and 2018 Farm Bill Implementation." Deputy Agriculture Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics Scott Hutchins to testify.
  • China biotechnology exports. Bureau of Industry and Security meeting of the Materials Technical Advisory Committee on technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to materials and related technology. Agenda includes: Opening Remarks and Introduction; Presentation on "The Role of U.S. Engagement in China's Biotechnology Development"; Presentation on "Synthetic Gene-length DNA: Evolving Export Control Concerns"; Discussion about merging with MPETAC co-chairs; and Report by regime representatives.
  • Water storage & conservation. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing on opportunities to increase water storage and conservation through rehabilitation and development of water supply infrastructure, including S 1570, the "Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act"; S1932, the "Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act"; and S 2044, the "Water Supply Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Utilization Act."
  • Europe. Atlantic Council holds a discussion on "Europe in a Changing Global Context."
  • Sen. Booker. Washington Post Live discussion with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) part of the "2020 Candidates" interview series.
  • Supreme Court Justice Kagan. Washington Council of Lawyers conversation with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

Friday, July 19

  • Federal Reserve. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard to speak on technology and the future of the monetary and financial system at the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA) 2019 Annual Meeting at Columbia University's Kellogg Center in New York; Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren to speak on panel about central bank independence at the Annual Meeting of the Central Bank Research Association at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City.
  • Disaster loans. House Small Business Committee field hearing on "Flooded Out: Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA's Disaster Loan Program."
  • Small business and the space program. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee field hearing on "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program."
  • Steel trade. International Trade Commission meeting to vote on Inv. Nos. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452-1454, Certain Collated Steel Staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan, and is scheduled to complete and file its determinations on July 22, 2019.
  • U.S./Saudi relations. Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) discussion on "The United States-Saudi Arabian Relationship."
  • U.S./Taiwan relations. Henry L. Stimson Center discussion on "US-Taiwan Relations: Reflections on 40 Years of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)."

 

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