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Happening This Week:

SUNDAY, MAY 15

  • President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden depart New Castle, Delaware, en route to the White House, before honoring law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021 at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the West Front of the Capitol, where Biden will deliver remarks.
  • U.S. House of Representatives and related offices members, officers and certain employees’ annual Financial Disclosure Statements due.
  • Democratic New York Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velázquez announce their Helicopter Safety and Noise Management Act, aimed at restricting helicopter flights over New York City.
  • U.S. continues National Emergency with respect to securing the Information and Communications Technology and services supply chain.
  • Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen continues trip to Poland, Belgium and Germany through May 20.
  • U.S.-European Union Trade and Technology Council Ministerial in France, following inaugural meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in September 2021. Participants include Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Trade Representative Amb. Katherine Tai and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
  • North Atlantic Council Foreign Ministers’ meeting continues in Berlin, Germany.
  • Switzerland referendum could see country leave Europe’s passport-free zone.

MONDAY, MAY 16

  • President Biden welcomes Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the White House, with the agenda for talks including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, climate change, energy security, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the bilateral relationship.
  • U.S. Supreme Court releases an order list.
  • U.S. Senate convenes and resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R. 7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, with agenda including a vote on a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed. The bill passed the House of Representatives 368-57 last week.
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules holds hybrid hearing.
  • U.S. continues National Emergency with respect to Yemen.
  • Secretary of State Blinken concludes trip to Europe and Treasury Secretary Yellen travels to Belgium as part of her Europe trip.
  • Energy Secretary Granholm speaks at virtual U.S.-Brazil clean energy industry discussion.
  • Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee resigns and steps down from her role to “pursue other opportunities.”
  • Former President George W. Bush headlines fundraiser for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who is running for reelection, at the Texas home of real estate developer Harlan Crow.
  • Montana’s 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Ryan Zinke holds telephone rally with former President Donald Trump.

TUESDAY, MAY 17

  • Congressional primary elections held by five states: Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
  • City of Tucson, Arizona, holds special election to consider Proposition 411, upcoming legislation that renews existing sales tax to fund repairs to every street in Tucson without the need to raise taxes.
  • Treasury Secretary Yellen speaks at Brussels Economic Forum.
  • The following U.S. Senate hearings will take place:
    • Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. Air Force modernization.
    • Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the U.S.-Canada energy and minerals partnership.
  • The following U.S. House of Representatives hearings will take place:
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on U.S. Army budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on “Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,” with testimony from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
    • Appropriations subcommittee closed hearing on United States Indo-Pacific Command.
    • Appropriations subcommittee Member Day hearing.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Office of Management and Budget’s budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Immigration and Customs Enforcement budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on “FY 2023 Budget Request for the Department of Labor,” with testimony from Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on U.S. Army modernization.
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on FY23 budget for nuclear forces and atomic energy defense activities.
    • Budget Committee members’ day hearing.
    • Education and Labor subcommittee hearing on improving the juvenile justice system.
    • Energy and Commerce subcommittee on FY23 Environmental Protection Agency budget.
    • Financial Services Committee markup hearing.
    • Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the U.S. Agency for International Development budget request, with testimony from USAID Administrator Samantha Power.
    • Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on “Creating a More Resilient Nation.”
    • Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on strengthening federal network cybersecurity.
    • Intelligence subcommittee hearing on unidentified aerial phenomena.
    • Judiciary subcommittee latest hearing on “reviving competition.”
    • Science, Space, and Technology Committee markup hearing.
    • Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing on addressing climate change at U.S. airports.
    • Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on “Strengthening Social Security’s Customer Service.”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

  • The following U.S. Senate hearings will take place:
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on missile defense.
    • Foreign Relations Committee nominations hearing considers Elizabeth Frawley Bagley to be U.S. Ambassador to Brazil; Mari Carmen Aponte to be U.S. Ambassador to Panama; and Dr. Francisco Mora to be U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, with the rank of ambassador.
    • Foreign Relations Committee hearing Business Meeting, hearing on U.S. Syria policy.
    • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on cybersecurity in the health and education sectors.
    • Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the Jackson-Elias Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act.
    • Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Business Meeting.
    • Urban Affairs Committee hearing on climate change and energy-efficient, resilient housing.
  • The following U.S. House of Representatives hearings will take place:
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on FY23 budgets for the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission with testimony from SEC Chair Gary Gensler and FTC Chair Lina Khan.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on quality of life in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on IRS budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee Member Day hearing.
    • Appropriations subcommittee closed Member Day hearing.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Transportation Security Administration budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on National Park Service budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on “Fiscal Year 2023 United States Navy and Marine Corps Budget.”
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on U.S. Navy budget request for seapower and projection forces.
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on professional military education and the National Defense Strategy.
    • Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the Middle East and North Africa.
    • Foreign Affairs virtual public roundtable on the Ukraine refugee crisis.
    • Foreign Affairs subcommittee roundtable on hurdles for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in public service.
    • Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on DHS efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
    • Judiciary Committee hearing on “Revoking Your Rights: The Ongoing Crisis in Abortion Care Access.”
    • Judiciary subcommittee hearing on immigrant military members and vets.
    • Small Business Committee hearing on the Small Business Administration’s Office of Capital Access.
    • Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee legislative hearing.
    • Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on “taxpayer fairness across the IRS.”
  • G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting held in Bonn, Germany, while G7 Development Ministers meet in Berlin, Germany, through May 20.
  • Conservative Political Action Conference Hungary, hosted by the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Hungary-based Center for Fundamental Rights held in Budapest, Hungary, through May 20. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán keynotes.
  • Idaho Republican Party holds Unity Rally with GOP candidates and community members at the Idaho State Capitol.

THURSDAY, MAY 19

  • The U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review.
  • The following U.S. Senate hearings will take place:
    • Administration Committee hearing on administration of upcoming elections.
    • Armed Services Committee partly closed hearing on “The Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration on atomic energy defense activities in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2023 and the Future Years Defense Program,” with testimony from Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby.
    • Banking Committee nominations hearing considers Michael Barr to be Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman for Supervision; and Jaime Lizárraga and Mark Toshiro Uyeda to be Securities and Exchange Commission members.
    • Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on FY23 Department of Interior budget.
    • Governmental Affairs Committee nominations hearing.
    • Judiciary Committee Executive Business Meeting.
    • Special Committee on Aging hearing on mental health care.
  • The following U.S. House of Representatives hearings will take place:
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on FY23 Food and Drug Administration budget.
    • Appropriations subcommittee Member Day hearing.
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on budget for U.S. Air Force projection forces.
    • Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific.
  • North Carolina Republican Party State Convention held in Greensboro, North Carolina, through May 22.
  • G7 Health Ministers Meeting held in Berlin, Germany, through May 20.
  • “Common Grounds: Spotlight on Bipartisan Legislating” U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation virtual discussion, with speakers Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and Republican Fred Upton, R-Mich., on bipartisan legislating and the importance of civics.

FRIDAY, MAY 20

  • President Joe Biden begins visit to South Korea and Japan through May 24, with the agenda for his trip including bilateral meetings with new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, plus a meeting with the leaders of the Quad grouping — Australia, Japan, India and the U.S. — in Tokyo, Japan.
  • No votes scheduled today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology Subcommittee holds a hybrid field hearing on “Building a Workforce to Navigate the Electric Vehicle Future,” in Pontiac, Michigan.
  • National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation nominations deadline. The awards are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists, engineers and inventors. The Medal of Science recognizes “individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering,” while the Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes “those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and have helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce.”

SATURDAY, MAY 21

  • Blue Star Museums Program begins — a collaboration between the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, National Endowment for the Arts and museums to allow active-duty service members, National Guardsmen, and reservists plus their families to visit museums across the nation free of charge — ending on Labor Day.

More information about your state’s elections can be found at your Secretary of State’s Website:

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Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
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Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
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Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania
Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

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