Agenda 9/2/18

By S-3 Public Affairs

Senator John McCain will be laid to rest today following a week of moving tributes. The Washington Post reports, “Just 35 Americans have laid in state or honor at the U.S. Capitol — an elite group of American history’s most revered public servants, military leaders and private citizens.”


CNN reports, “WeWork could become the largest office tenant in Manhattan. The company is negotiating a lease in 1 World Trade Center to take over about 200,000 square feet in the building, a source close to the deal told CNNMoney. WeWork recently became the second-largest renter of office space in the borough, according to a Cushman & Wakefield reportearlier this month. WeWork trails just about 74,000 square feet behind JPMorgan’s New York tenancy. If the deal goes through, WeWork would surpass the bank. …

“In the first half of 2018, WeWork snapped up eight times as much newly leased space in the United States as the next nine largest firms combined, according to Cushman & Wakefield. There’s room for more: Coworking makes up just 1% of total office space in the United States, according to the report.”



The Information reports, “ is planning to launch a free, advertising-supported video service for the estimated 48 million people who use its Fire TV streaming video devices, say people familiar with the situation. The new service, which is being developed by Amazon’s IMDB subsidiary, will join a growing collection of efforts by Amazon to tap into the $70 billion TV ad market. The company has already introduced ad-supported shows on IMDB, expanded video ads on its gaming site Twitch and run ads on NFL games on Prime Video, its primary streaming service. …

“Amazon’s ad business—mostly search ads and product sponsorships sold on its site and across the web—is growing faster than much of the rest of the company. It makes up most of the ‘other’ segment in Amazon’s earnings statements, growing 132% to $2.2 billion in the second quarter.Wall Street firm Cowen estimates it will generate $8 billion in revenue from the category this year.”


Trade discussions are expected to begin again Wednesday between the United States and Canada (CNBC). The president is also expected to visit South Dakota on Friday for a fundraiser for Kristi Noem. Politico Playbookadds, “Tuesday: The president will have lunch with VP Mike Pence, and then meet with the United States Travel Association CEOs. Wednesday: The amir of Kuwait will come to the White House. Thursday: Trump will go to Billings, Montana.”


The House and Senate both return this week with attention in the Senate on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearings. The Senate could also consider legislation pertaining to the opioid crisis. The House is expected to consider legislation to provide more guidance to students taking out college loans as well as to vote to go to conference on Defense Appropriations.  

Monday (September 3): Labor Day;

Tuesday (September 4): Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court; Senate vote on the nomination of Elad Roisman to be a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission; House Rules Committee hearing on the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act and Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act;

Wednesday (September 5): Senate Intelligence Committee open hearing on foreign influence operations’ use of social media platforms; Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee hearing on the impact of zero tariffs on U.S. autoworkers; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearingassessing the value of the NATO alliance and subcommittee hearing on the “China challenge” and security and military developments; Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee executive session to consider 8 pending bills and nominations and oversight hearing of the Transportation Security Administration, with testimony from Administrator David Pekoske;Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on the nominations of Tamara Bonzanto (to be assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for accountability and whistleblower protection) and James Gferer (to be assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for information and technology); Farm Bill House-Senate Conference Committee meeting; House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Twitter transparency and accountability with testimony from CEO Jack Dorsey and subcommittee hearing on opportunities to improve healthcare; House Ways and Means Committee markup of 4 bills and a resolution requesting documents from the President related to its tariff strategy for China;House Rules Committee hearing on the Community Safety and Security Act; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearings on the future of moneyand the cost of regulation on affordable multifamily development; House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on innovation in surface transportation; House Natural Resources Committee markup of 12 bills and subcommittee legislative hearing on 2 title transfer bills; House Education and Workforce Subcommittee hearing on rebuilding the workforce through apprenticeships; House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee hearings on VHA’s sterile processing problems and legislative hearing on 3 bills; Heritage Foundation event: “Let Entrepreneurs Raise Capital Using Finders and Private Placement Brokers,” with keynote remarks from Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC);

Thursday (September 6): Delaware primaries; Senate Appropriations Subcommittee oversight hearing of the Bureau of Industry & Security, International Trade Administration, and International Trade Commission;Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the nomination of Harold Parker to be federal co-chairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission; Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting; House Financial Services Committee hearing: “A Failure to Act: How a Decade without GSE Reform Has Once Again Put Taxpayers at Risk”;House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to evaluate federal disaster response and recovery efforts and subcommittee joint hearing on a path forward for permitting; House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act; House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearings on tackling fentanyl and holding China accountableand U.S. policy toward Cuba; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on federal efforts to ensure quality of care and resident safety in nursing homes and an update on the response to contamination of perfluorinated chemicals in the environment; House Homeland Security Subcommittee joint hearing on understanding cybersecurity threats to America’s aviation sector; House Natural Resources Subcommittee legislative hearing on 5 federal land bills; House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on airspace integration of new aircraft; House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee hearing to review the VA’s specially adaptive housing grant programs; The Hill event: “Partnerships & Progress: Driving Climate Solutions,” with speakers including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA);

Friday (September 7): House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on terrorist groups and their means of financing; House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing: “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Water Resources Projects and Policy, Part II”.”

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