Weekly Legislative Update
 Week of October 7, 2019  
  
Congressional Outlook

The House and Senate are in recess this week, returning to Washington on Tuesday, October 15. While the House is out of town, Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is set to testify before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees on Friday as part of the chamber's impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Next week, the House is scheduled to vote on the SEC Disclosure Effectiveness Testing Act (H.R. 1815), which would build on efforts by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to engage in investor testing by requiring the SEC to conduct usability testing of new disclosure s that are primarily used by retail investors and are intended to help them make investment decisions or understand their investments ; and the Outsourcing Accountability Act of 2019 (H.R. 3624), which would require public companies to annually disclose the total number of employees they employ in each state and foreign country, as well as the percentage change from the previous year; the bill exempts smaller and newly -public companies from this requirement.
 
When the Senate returns, the chamber will take votes on five executive and judicial nominees: Barbara Barrett to be Secretary of the Air Force; Frank Volk to be District Judge for the Southern District of West Virginia; Charles Eskridge to be District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; David Novak to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Rachel Kovner to be District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
 
On Monday, President Trump will participate in a briefing with senior military leaders and he and First Lady Melania Trump will have dinner with senior military leaders and their spouses. On Tuesday, Trump will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese. On Thursday, Trump will hold a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota and continued trade negotiations will begin between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. On Friday, Trump will hold a campaign rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana one day ahead of the Oct. 12 Louisiana gubernatorial jungle primary election.
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