This week in the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate: Apr. 4 – 8, 2016

United States Capitol_ U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives continues its spring recess this week and is not in session. The House is scheduled to return on Tuesday, April 12.

Meanwhile the U.S. Senate will convene on Monday, April 4, at 3:00pm after its two-week recess.

This week, the Senate will consider:

 S.1890: Defend Trade Secrets Act. This bill will give companies greater legal protections for their commercial secrets and allow them for the first time to sue in federal court if they are stolen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to give an indication of what business the Senate will focus on for the remainder of the week.

Highlights of what is happening in Senate Committees this week:

  • European terrorism: On Tuesday, the Senate Homeland Security Committee will hear from outside experts on the threat of terrorism faced by Americans living in and traveling to Europe, in light of the recent attacks in Belgium. More information here.
  • Transportation security: On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will meet to discuss the attacks on the Brussels airport and metro system. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, who was in Brussels at the time of the March 22 terror attacks, will testify about TSA efforts to prevent attacks on passenger and freight targets that could lead to similar mass casualties. More information here.
  • Consumer finance: On Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to assess the effects of consumer finance regulation. More details here.
  • Consumer protection: On Thursday, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray will appear before the Senate Banking Committee to give the Bureau’s semi-annual report. More details here.


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