U.S. House of Representatives


House Committee Activity




Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Hearing: The Need for Universal Broadband: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, May 18, 10:30 AM
Witness Panel
Joi Chaney, National Urban League

Matt Dunne, Center on Rural Innovation

Max Stier, Partnership for Public Service

More information and webcast available here.


Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Hearing: Global Climate Finance

Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 AM
Witness Panel
Mathew Haarsager, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Finance and Policy, Department of the Treasury

Jeffrey Haeni, Acting Director for Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure, Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Jake Levine, Chief Climate Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Leo Martinez-Diaz, Senior Advisor to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Department of State
More information and webcast available here.


Financial Services


Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy
Hearing: Virtual Hearing – Examining Belt and Road: The Lending Practices of the People’s Republic of China and Impact on the International Debt Architecture

Tuesday, May 18, 10:00 AM Cisco WebEx
Witness Panel
Professor Anna Gelpern, Anne Fleming Research Professor at Georgetown Law and nonresident senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

Mr. Scott Morris, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Professor Odette Lienau, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Intellectual Life, Cornell University Law School

Mr. Jaime Atienza, Debt Policy Lead, Oxfam

Mr. Sebastian Horn, Economist, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Text of Legislation

H.R. xx, Authorization for the U.S. to participate in the 12th Replenishment of the Asian Development Fund [PDF]

H.R. xx, To Authorize Debt Treatment for Countries Eligible for Assistance from the International Development Association and/or Countries that are United Nations Least Developed Countries [PDF]

H.R. xx, To authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to loan Special Drawing Rights to the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust at the International Monetary Fund [PDF]

Support Documents

Hearing Notice [PDF]

Hearing Memo [PDF]

More information and webcast available here.

Hearing: Virtual Hearing – Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions
Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 AM Cisco WebEx
Witness Panel
The Honorable Todd Harper, Chairman, National Credit Union Administration

Mr. Michael Hsu, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

The Honorable Jelena McWilliams, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

The Honorable Randal Quarles, Vice Chairman of Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Text of Legislation

H.J. Res. 35, Resolution of Disapproval on the OCC’s National Banks and Federal Savings Associations as Lenders Final Rule [PDF]

H.R. ____, Central Liquidity Facility Enhancement Act [PDF]

H.R. ____, Countercyclical Capital Buffer Act [PDF]

H.R. ____, Diversity in Financial Regulatory Advisory Committees Act [PDF]

H.R. ____, Expanding Financial Access for Underserved Communities Act [PDF]

H.R. ____, Expanding Opportunities in Banking Act [PDF]

H.R.____, Federal Reserve Bank Board Diversity Act [PDF]

H.R. ____, NCUA Oversight of Third Party Vendors Act [PDF]

H.R. ____, Promoting New and Diverse Depository Institutions Act [PDF]

Support Documents

Hearing Notice [PDF]

Hearing Memo [PDF] More information and webcast available here.


Small Business


Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access
Hearing: Examining the role of Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions in Small Business Lending

Tuesday, May 18, 10:00 AM 2360 Rayburn HOB
Witness Panel
Ms. Aissatou Barry-Fall, President & CEO, Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union, New York, NY

Mr. Everett Sands, Founder & CEO, Lendistry, Brea, CA

Mr. Robert James II, President, Carver Development CDE, Chairman, National Bankers Association, Savannah, GA

Mr. Walter L Davis, Founder, Peachtree Providence Partners Holding Company, Charlotte, NC
Hearing Record

Hearing Notice [PDF]

Hearing: Witness List [PDF] More information and webcast available here.


House Floor Activity


Bills Considered Pursuant to a Rule


H.Res. 275 – Condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and reaffirming the House of Representative’s commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community (Rep. Chu – Judiciary)


H.R. 1629 – Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act (Rep. Dean – Energy and Commerce) This measure would change exclusivity rules related to drugs for the treatment of rare diseases. This measure failed on suspension last week by a vote of 250-168.

H.R. 3233 – National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security) This measure would create a bipartisan commission to investigate events surrounding the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol authorizing funds as necessary to operate the commission.

H.R. 3237 – Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act, 2021 (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations) This measure would make supplemental appropriations to address security concerns related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A summary published by the House Appropriations Committee is available here.


Bills Considered Under Suspension of the Rules


  • H.R. 2704 – Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act of 2021 (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 2788 – Equal Employment Counseling Modernization Act (Rep. Lamb – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 2911 – VA Transparency and Trust Act of 2021 (Rep. Bost – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 240 – Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Act (Rep. Brownley – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 711 – West LA VA Campus Improvement Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Lieu – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 2167 – GI Bill National Emergency Extended Deadline Act, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 2878 – Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act, as amended (Rep. Gallego – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 1510 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the use of cameras in the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Rep. McKinley – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 2494 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes (Rep. Wenstrup – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 2441 – Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act (Rep. Axne – Veterans’ Affairs)
  • H.R. 210 – Rural STEM Education Research Act, as amended (Rep. Lucas – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 144 – Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act, as amended (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 204 – STEM Opportunities ACT, as amended (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 2027 – MSI STEM Achievement Act (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 2695 – Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 1447 – COAST Research Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Bonamici – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 2533 – NEAR Act of 2021 (Rep. Posey – Science, Space, and Technology)
  • H.R. 1157 – Department of State Authorization Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)
  • H.R. 3125 – COVID-19 Emergency Medical Supplies Enhancement Act of 2021 (Rep. Vargas – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 3146 – SAVE Act (Rep. Hill – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 1711 – Financial Inclusion in Banking Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Scott (GA) – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 2959 – COVID-19 Fraud Prevention Act, as amended (Rep. Axne – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 2655 – Insider Trading Prohibition Act (Rep. Himes – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 3008 – Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2021 (Rep. Sherman – Financial Services)
  • H.R. 707 – Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act (Rep. Kuster – Financial Services)
  • S. 937 – COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (Sen. Hirono – Judiciary)


U.S. Senate

Senate Committee Activity



Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
Hearings to examine the Internal Revenue Service, focusing on narrowing the tax gap and improving taxpayer services

Wednesday, May 19, 2:00 PM – SD-138
Witness Panel
The Honorable Charles P. Rettig, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Erin M. Collins, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

The Honorable Charles O. Rossotti, Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
More information and webcast available here.



Hearings to examine reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program
Tuesday, May 18, 10:00 AM – WEBEX
Witness Panel
Mr. Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers

Ms. Velma M. Smith, Senior Officer, Government Relations, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Ms. Rebecca Kagan Sternhell, Director, New York City Office of Federal Affairs

Mr. Stephen Ellis, President, Taxpayers for Common Sense

Mr. R.J. Lehmann, Senior Fellow And Editor-In-Chief, International Center for Law & Economics
More information and webcast available here.


Hearings to examine 21st century communities, focusing on expanding opportunity through infrastructure investments
Thursday, May 20, 10:00 AM – WEBEX
Witness Panel
The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
More information and webcast available here.



Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security Hearings to examine protecting kids online, focusing on internet privacy and manipulative marketing
Tuesday, May 18, 10:00 AM – SR-253
Witness Panel
Ms. Angela Campbell, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Public Representation

Mr. Serge Egelman, Research Director, Usable Security and Privacy, International Computer Science Institute, University of California Berkeley

Ms. Beeban Kidron, Founder and Chair, 5Rights
More information and webcast available here.



Hearings to examine funding and financing options to bolster American infrastructure
Tuesday, May 18, 10:00 AM – WEBEX
Witness Panel
Joseph Kile, Ph.D., Director Of Microeconomic Analysis, Congressional Budget Office

Washington, DC

Victoria F. Sheehan, President, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, DC

Heather Buch, Subcommittee Chair, Transportation Steering Committee, National Association of Counties, Washington, DC

Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, Arlington, VA
More information and webcast available here.


Senate Floor Activity


The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, May 17, 2021.


Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #58, S.1260, to establish a new Directorate for Technology and Innovation in the National Science Foundation, to establish a regional technology hub program, to require a strategy and report on economic security, science, research, innovation, manufacturing, and job creation, to establish a critical supply chain resiliency program (Endless Frontier Act).


At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill.


Monday, May 17th at 5:30pm – 1 roll call vote:


  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #58, S.1260, Endless Frontier Act.
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