By S-3 Public Affairs
Fact of the Week: Amazon Prime Day set new records growing, “by more than 60 percent compared to the same 30 hours last year. … More new members joined Prime on July 11 than on any single day in Amazon history.” Recode adds, “Within a couple of years, more U.S. households could be subscribers of Amazon Prime than cable or satellite TV, according to recent estimates of Amazon’s popular shipping and entertainment service. According to estimates from Morningstar, nearly 79 million people in the U.S. now have an Amazon Prime membership*, up from around 67 million at the end of last year. Based on Morningstar’s estimates of the average number of Prime memberships per household, that suggests about 66 million households have Amazon Prime memberships in 2017. That compares to a projected 90 million U.S. households that will pay for cable or satellite TV this year, according to S&P Global.”
In the Administration: President Trump approaches six months in office this week as the nomination process continues in Congress. The administration is expected to tomorrow (July 17) publish its objectives for NAFTA renegotiation if it hopes to begin renegotiations on August 16. This comes just ahead of a House Ways & Means Committee hearing Tuesday on NAFTA modernization. Additionally,The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis reports that Jared Kushner will head to Capitol Hill to address interns.
- Monday: A cloture vote is expected in the Senate on Patrick Shanahan’s nomination as deputy secretary of defense;
- Tuesday: Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of David Kautter to serve asassistant secretary of the Treasury; Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services, and Banking Committee nomination hearings for various ambassador-level and sub-Cabinet positionsincluding Callista Gingrich;
- Wednesday: Senate Commerce Committee hearing to consider the reappointments of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and member Jessica Rosenworcel, and the nomination of Brendan Carr to serve as a member of the FCC; Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to consider the nominations of several sub-Cabinet positions; Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing to consider the nominations of National Labor Relations Boardnominees Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel;
- Thursday: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to consider the nominations for six Interior and Energy Department positions; Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting to consider several nominations, including Christopher Wray for FBI director.
On the Hill: As Senator McCain recovers from surgery in Arizona, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has postponed consideration of the Senate health care bill. Still expected this week: a CBO score on the revised Senate bill. Meanwhile the House is expected to release and mark up its budget and Appropriations remains busy, completing the rest of its 12 funding bills. Additionally, the House is expected to consider a number of Energy and Commerce bills regarding energy infrastructure and pipelines.
- Monday: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to review the State Department FY2018 reauthorization; House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2018 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Bill;
- Tuesday: Senate Finance Committee hearing on comprehensive tax reform with testimony from four former assistant secretaries to the Treasury for tax policy; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the “status and outlook for U.S. and North American energy and resource security;” House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2018 Homeland Security and Interior Appropriations Bills; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearingon oversight of the 340B drug pricing program; House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on FAST Act implementation; House Ways and Means Committee hearingon NAFTA modernization;
- Wednesday: Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act; Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act (S.1514);House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2018 State and Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bills; House Natural Resources Committee hearing on five bills; House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on tax reform;House Agriculture Committee hearing on the state of infrastructure in rural America; House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on “Saudi Arabia’s Troubling Educational Curriculum;”
- Thursday: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “The Postal Service’s Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season: Implications for the Hatch Act”;House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on bipartisan legislation to improve Medicare; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on monetary and fiscal policy.
In the Media: The Wall Street Journal reports on continued efforts by traditional magazines to break into online video. “Condé Nast and other legacy magazine publishers are redoubling their efforts in online video after learning from their stumbles over the past few years. Those who tried unsuccessfully to build centralized, destination-websites for their brands are now more concerned with distributing their work on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and MSN. … As magazine print advertising revenue continues to weaken, video has become more critical. Advertisers are expected to spend $15.4 billion on video ads next year, according to eMarketer, up nearly threefold compared with 2014.” For Condé Nast, the shift is working. In May, it’s online video platform, the Scene, “attracted 98.3 million video views across Facebook, according to video analytics firm Tubular Labs—nearly triple the 36.4 million online video views the Scene generated in October 2016.”