Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of March 2, 2020  
  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are in session this week. The House will consider 8 bills under suspension of the rules, including the Yes In My Backyard Act (H.R. 4351), which requires localities that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to submit a plan to track and report on the implementation of certain land use policies that promote housing supply and affordability . For the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act of 2020 (H.R. 1140), which grants Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees the rights enjoyed by the vast majority of the federal workforce, including access to the General Schedule pay system. The House will also very likely consider a $7-8 billion emergency funding supplemental bill related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including a set-aside of up to $2 billion for reimbursement to state and local governments for costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the outbreak.
 
The Senate will consider the 555-page bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 (substitute amendment to S. 2657), a combination of parts of more than 50 bills already advanced out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which covers a range of energy and environmental issues, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, building codes, battery storage, carbon capture, electric grid security and a new generation of nuclear reactors.
 
Numerous high-ranking Trump Administration officials are set to testify on Capitol Hill this week before various authorizing and appropriations committees to discuss the President's FY 2021 budget request for their department/agency. These include the Secretaries of Homeland Security, Treasury, Energy, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation, Defense, Education, and Commerce, the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Security Administration, and the Director of the National Institutes of Health, among others.
 
Voters in 14 states and American Samoa head to the polls on "Super Tuesday" this week to participate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary election, accounting for 1,357 of the 3,979 total pledged delegates (i.e., 34.1%) to the Democratic National Convention. The 14 states include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. Local, state, and Congressional primary elections will also occur in most of these states on Tuesday.
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