Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of June 4, 2018 
  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will consider seven bills under suspension of the rules. For the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 3249), which would formally establish a DOJ grant program to combat gun and gang violence and authorize $50 million annually for the program from FYs 2019-2021; the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018 (H.R. 8), which authorizes federal water infrastructure, flood control, storm damage and other projects and changes how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviews projects supported or sponsored by non-federal interests; and the FY 2019 Energy-Water Development, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-VA minibus appropriations package (H.R. 5895), which would fund the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Congressional entities, DoD military construction activities, and the VA.
 
The Senate will vote on three judicial nominations: Robert Wier to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Fernando Rodriguez, Jr. to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; and Annemarie Axon to be U.S. Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. In addition to those nominations, the Senate may consider the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act; the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (S. 2800); and additional nominations, including Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
 
The House Appropriations Committee will markup the FY 2019 Interior-Environment bill on Wednesday. The Senate Appropriations Committee will also markup the FY 2019 Transportation-HUD and Military Construction-VA Appropriations bills on Thursday.
 
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is trying to forge Republican consensus on immigration to persuade some moderates in his party to drop efforts to gather enough signatures on a discharge petition to force a vote later this month on legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Leaders also are trying to placate members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who last month helped Democrats scuttle the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) to press their demand for action on tougher immigration legislation. They are demanding a vote on a bill (H.R. 4760) proposed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), that would beef up border security and authorize money to build barriers along the U.S. border with Mexico before the House reconsiders the farm bill by June 22. Republican lawmakers, led by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), have gathered 213 signatures on a discharge petition, five short of the 218 needed to force a vote. Their resolution (H. Res. 774) provides for consideration of four bills under a "queen of the hill'' procedure that deems the measure receiving the largest number of majority votes as passing the House. Two of the bills would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers. The procedure also allows for a vote on Goodlatte's bill, which would legalize the status of Dreamers without providing a path for them to achieve citizenship.
 
On Tuesday, voters in California, New Jersey, Alabama, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota head to the polls to vote in Democratic and Republican primaries for House and Senate races.
Week in Review

Trump Administration Announces Implementation of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on U.S. Allies
 
On May 31, the Trump Administration announced  that it would impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent duties on aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico beginning June 1. In response, Canada and Mexico said they would impose new duties on certain U.S. products, and the European Union said it is considering similar retaliatory action against the United States. Read more. 
Trump Signs "Right to Try" Act Into Law
 
On May 30, President Trump signed the "Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017" ( Public Law 115-176) into law, which would allow patients with life-threatening conditions to ask drug makers to share treatments that have cleared initial preliminary testing but haven't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The Senate passed the bill on August 3, 2017 by Unanimous Consent while the House passed it on May 22 by a vote of 250-169. Read more.