Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of July 20, 2020  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are in session this week.
On Monday, the House will begin considering the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395), which authorizes $740.5 billion for national defense programs at the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and other agencies. The House is scheduled to complete consideration of the bill on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the House will consider the Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 1957), which would fully fund the $900 million per year Land and Water Conservation Fund and provide up to $9.5 billion over the next five years to address delayed maintenance of national parks and public lands; the No Ban Act (Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486), which would impose limitations on the President's authority to suspend or restrict aliens from entering the U.S. and terminate certain presidential actions implementing such restrictions; the Access to Counsel Act (Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486), which would guarantee individuals detained while attempting to enter the U.S. access to legal counsel; and a bill (H.R. 7573) that would remove statues and busts in the Capitol that honor individuals associated with slavery and the Confederacy. For the remainder of the week, the House will consider the first package of FY 2021 appropriations bills (H.R. 7608), which includes appropriations for four annual appropriations bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
The Senate will vote today on the nomination of Russell Vought to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Senate then plans to resume consideration of its version of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 4049).
Talks are expected to continue this week on another coronavirus relief package. Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are expected to announce the details of a package later this week estimated to be around $1 trillion.
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