Look Ahead March 21, 2022

Look Ahead to the Week of March 21: Senate Supreme Court Hearing Marathon

The Senate will be in session this week with four days of confirmation hearings to consider Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. During the first day, Senators will give opening statements and Jackson will provide her own opening remarks. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Senators will take time to question Jackson. On the final day, the hearing will include testimony from witnesses speaking to her qualifications. Senate Republican leadership has indicated that although Jackson will receive little or no support, she will be treated respectfully and cordially. She is expected to win the support of all 50 Democratic Senators, which would be sufficient to secure her confirmation. 

The House has no votes scheduled this week, and Republicans will travel to Florida for their three-day annual issues conference. 


President Biden will attend a NATO summit and G-7 meeting in Brussels this week, then travel to Poland for further discussions on the ongoing war in Ukraine. 

Biden has also stated he will be sending his fiscal year 2023 budget proposal to Congress next week, which will begin appropriations discussions for the coming year. 

Further, Biden issued his Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets on March 9, which establishes policy objectives related to digital assets and directs agencies and other Executive Branch members to take actions in developing a coordinated government approach to meet these policy objectives. Alston & Bird has published an advisory that breaks down the key areas of the Executive Order, which can be found here

Senate Side

On Monday, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed on H.R. 4521, the America COMPETES Act. This House-passed version of the China competition bill varies from the package that cleared the Senate in June 2021, which would make investments in semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain resilience. Once the Senate formally takes up H.R. 4521, the text of the legislation will likely be replaced with language from the upper chamber’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S.1620). Then, members from both chambers will be named to a conference to resolve the differences in the two bills. 
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