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    What’s Happening in Washington

    Week of May 13th

    Headlines to Know

    Under Pressure on Border Security

    • Democrats are under increasing pressure due to the surge of migrants at the southern border, a top concern for voters according to recent polls. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) plans to bring a bipartisan border security deal to the floor, possibly splitting it into components to aid vulnerable colleagues. Senators in tough races, such as Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), are pressing the Biden administration for action and supporting legislation like the Laken Riley Act, which mandates the detention of certain undocumented individuals.
    • Senate Democrats are urging President Biden to take executive actions on border security. Although the administration cites legal limitations, there is significant pressure to show more initiative. Polls indicate Biden is trailing Trump in key battleground states where immigration is a major issue, second only to the economy.
    • Schumer has criticized Republicans for blocking a bipartisan border security deal, emphasizing the need for legislative action. Democrats in swing states, including Nevada and Montana, must highlight their efforts on border security to counteract Biden's poor polling numbers and address voter concerns about crime and the economy.

    Farm Bill 

    The 2024 Farm Bill addresses various crucial aspects of agriculture, rural development, and related fields. It increases support for Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) to account for inflation and rising production costs. It expands base acres eligibility while maintaining current base acres.

    Support for Farmers:

    • Reauthorized and improved programs (commodity, marketing loan, sugar, dairy, disaster)
    • Increased support for Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC)
    • Expanded base acres eligibility

    Conservation:

    • Financial and technical assistance for natural resource concerns (soil health, water quality, wildlife habitat)
    • Reallocated Inflation Reduction Act funds for conservation programs
    • Modernized Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

    Trade:

    • Increased funding for Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD)
    • Balanced authorities between USAID and USDA
    • Addressed infrastructure deficiencies and trade barriers
    • Fostered educational partnerships with developing countries

    Nutrition:

    • Expanded access to benefits for tribal communities, seniors, and health-conscious households
    • Increased funding for food distribution programs
    • Modernized work programs to support upward mobility
    • Prevented arbitrary changes to SNAP benefits

    Credit:

    • Enhanced financing options for producers unable to obtain commercial credit
    • Provided resources for new, young, beginning, and veteran farmers
    • Protected the ability of commercial lenders to provide reliable credit and capital

    Rural Development:

    • Strengthened broadband connectivity (ReConnect Rural Broadband Program)
    • Protected access to healthcare and addressed childcare demands
    • Supported workforce development and enhanced rural services
    • Promoted private capital investments and streamlined permitting processes

    Agricultural Research:

    • Increased funding and modernized research facilities
    • Allocated funds for mechanization and automation technologies in specialty crops
    • Provided scholarships for students at land-grant institutions
    • Promoted interagency coordination and supported capacity and competitive funding

    Forestry:

    • Promoted active forest management through public-private partnerships
    • Created new market opportunities and reduced wildfire risk
    • Invested in innovative wood products and biochar
    • Modernized grant programs

          Other News to Know 

          FAA Reauthorization

          • Congress passed a stopgap bill to extend FAA operations until May 17, avoiding a shutdown on May 10.
          • The Senate passed a five-year, $105 billion package, but the short-term measure was needed.
          • The House may consider the bill as soon as Tuesday, with provisions to improve safety and air traffic controller hiring.
          • Challenges include disagreements over refund policies and flight capacity at Reagan Airport.

          FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 (HR 3935)

          • Extends FAA programs and activities through FY 2028, with funding from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.
          • Focuses on aviation safety, drone integration, environmental reviews, community noise engagement, workforce shortages, and consumer protections.
          • Key Provisions:
            • Increased funding for core FAA programs and the Airport Improvement Program.
            • Reauthorized Essential Air Services and Small Community Air Service programs.
            • Improvements in air traffic control, clean fuel research, supersonic aircraft, and drone integration.
            • Streamlined environmental reviews and community engagement on noise issues.
            • Enhanced safety measures expanded workforce development, and improved working conditions.
            • Consumer protections including reimbursement for delays, seating arrangements for children, and improved accessibility.
            • Expanded Pilots Bill of Rights, elimination of leaded aviation fuel by 2030, and reauthorization of the NTSB.

          Legislative Update

              • Israel Security Assistance Support Act: Would prevent withholding or canceling defense services to Israel.
              • House Republicans plan to vote on a bill condemning President Biden for pausing certain arms transfers to Israel amid the Gaza conflict.
              • The bill urges the Biden administration to proceed with approved arms transfers and use all appropriated funds for Israeli security.
              • The White House opposes the bill, emphasizing the president's authority over security assistance.

              Election Updates

              • Maryland Primary Elections:
                  • David Trone vs. Angela Alsobrooks: Trone's extensive spending tested against Alsobrooks' state-level endorsements.
                  • Harry Dunn vs. Sarah Elfreth: Dunn faces Elfreth, supported by AIPAC and local labor groups.
                  • 6th District: Joe Vogel and April McClain Delaney are leading contenders to replace Trone in the House.
              • Nebraska Primary Election:
                  • Don Bacon vs. Dan Frei: Bacon faces a primary challenge from MAGA candidate Frei.

              FDIC Chair Replacement

              • Speculation surrounds FDIC Chair Martin Gruenberg’s potential replacement amid Democrats' financial policy agenda.
              • Possible candidates include Adrienne Harris, Bharat Ramamurti, Graham Steele, and Mehrsa Baradaran.

              Tax Policy Debate for 2025

              • Democrats aim to reverse parts of the 2017 Trump tax cuts, focusing on raising the corporate income tax rate.
              • Rep. Mike Thompson criticizes the 2017 law for its insufficient offsets and benefits to wealthy households and corporations.

              Campaign Updates

              • Yvette Herrell vs. Gabe Vasquez: Herrell’s campaign targets Vasquez with ads linking him to pro-Palestinian protests and radical policies.
              • Don Davis: New ads support Davis for his work on rural broadband and infrastructure.

              Upcoming Bills

              • Lummis-Gillibrand Payment Stablecoin Act (S. 4155): Aims to regulate payment stablecoins.
              • Emerging Innovative Border Technologies Act (H.R. 7832): Focuses on innovative technologies for border security.
              • Warehouse Workers Protection Act (S. 4260): Seeks to protect warehouse workers.
              • California Bills:
                • CA AB 1775: Allows cannabis-style cafes.
                • CA AB 2808/SB 785/AB 8: Regulates ticket sellers.

              This week being addressed in the House

              Hearings

              All Times EST.

              Tuesday, May 14, 2024

              4:00 PM | H-313, Capitol

              • Committee: House Rules
              • Topic: H. Res. 1210 – Condemning the Biden border crisis and the tremendous burdens law enforcement officers face as a result.; H. Res. 1213 – A resolution regarding violence against law enforcement officers.; H.R. 354 – LEOSA Reform Act; H.R. 7343 – Detain and Deport Illegal Aliens Who Assault Cops Act; H.R. 7530 – DC CRIMES Act of 2024; H.R. 7581 – Improving Law Enforcement Officer Safety and Wellness Through Data Act of 2024; H.R. 8146 – Police Our Border Act; H.R. 8369 – Israel Security Assistance Support Act

              4:30 PM | 360 Cannon House Office Building

              • Committee: House Veterans Affairs
              • Topic: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Information and Technology Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2025

              Wednesday, May 15, 2024

              10:00 AM | 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Homeland Security
              • Topic: "Reviewing and Examining the Francis Scott Key Bridge Federal Response"

              10:00 AM | 310 Cannon House Office Building

              • Committee: House Homeland Security
              • Topic: “Standing Strong on the Thin Blue Line: How Congress Can Support State and Local Law Enforcement"

              10:00 AM | 2360 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Small Business
              • Topic: “Under the Microscope: Reviewing Key SBA Programs with Associate Administrator Frost”

              10:00 AM | 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Energy and Commerce
              • Topic: Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee - “The Fiscal Year 2025 Environmental Protection Agency Budget”

              10:00 AM | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Judiciary
              • Topic: Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government - Hearing on the Weaponization of the Federal Government

              10:00 AM | 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Financial Services
              • Topic: Oversight of Prudential Regulators - H.R.8288, H.R.8287, H.R.4346, H.R.8264

              10:00 AM | 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Appropriations
              • Topic: Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee - Budget Hearing -- Fiscal Year 2025 Request for the Federal Trade Commission

              10:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Oversight and Accountability
              • Topic: Markup - The Full Committee to Consider the Following: 1) H.R. 8333, the BIOSECURE Act; 2) H.R. 5255, the Federal Cybersecurity Vulnerability Reduction Act of 2023; 3) H.R. 8334, the Grant Integrity and Border Security Act; 4) H.R. 8276, the Reuse Excess Property Act; 5) H.R. 8335, the Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act of 2024; 6) H.R. 6462, the Resilient Employment and Authorization Determination to Increase the National Employment of Serving Spouses (READINESS) Act; 7) Several postal naming measures.

              10:00 AM | 1100 Longworth House Office Building

              • Committee: House Ways and Means
              • Topic: Markup of H.R. 8290, H.R. 8291, H.R. 8293, H.R. 8314, H.R. 8292

              10:00 AM | HVC-210 Capitol

              • Committee: House Intelligence (Permanent Select)
              • Topic: Open Panel with Think Tank Experts

              10:00 AM | 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
              • Topic: National Parks Subcommittee - Hearings on proposed budget request for fiscal year 2025 for the National Park Service: H.R.2717, H.R.3448, H.R.359, H.R.4984, S.2620, S.2742, S.2743, S.2784, S.3195, S.3241, S.3251, S.3474, S.3534, S.3542, S.3543, S.3568, S.4129, S.4209, S.4216, S.4218, S.4222, S.4227, S.4228, S.4259

              10:00 AM | 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Foreign Relations
              • Topic: Future of arms control and deterrence

              10:00 AM | 301 Russell Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Rules and Administration
              • Topic: Business meeting to consider S.2770, S.3875, S.3897

              10:00 AM | 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Appropriations
              • Topic: Energy and Water Development Subcommittee - Hearings on budget estimates for fiscal year 2025 for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation

              10:00 AM | 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Appropriations
              • Topic: Department of Defense Subcommittee - Hearings on select Department of Defense acquisition programs

              10:00 AM | 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Budget
              • Topic: Climate change and the costs to national security

              10:15 AM | 2175 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Education and the Workforce
              • Topic: "Examining the Policies and Priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services"

              10:15 AM | 1324 Longworth House Office Building

              • Committee: House Natural Resources
              • Topic: Federal Lands Subcommittee - Oversight Hearing on the President’s FY 2025 Budget Request for the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service

              10:30 AM | 2322 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Energy and Commerce
              • Topic: Communications and Technology Subcommittee - The Fiscal Year 2025 National Telecommunications and Information Administration Budget

              10:30 AM | 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
              • Topic: Business meeting to consider various bills: H.R.5528, H.R.6249, S.2492, S.3015, S.3810, S.4035, S.4043, S.4066, S.4181

              2:00 PM | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Foreign Affairs
              • Topic: Africa Subcommittee - Examining the Fiscal Year 2025 State and Foreign Operations Budget Request for Africa

              2:00 PM | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Judiciary
              • Topic: Constitution and Limited Government Subcommittee - Antisemitism on College Campuses

              2:00 PM | 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Appropriations
              • Topic: State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee - Strengthening American Competitiveness

              2:30 PM | 310 Cannon House Office Building

              • Committee: House Homeland Security
              • Topic: Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee - Examination of the TSA’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

              2:30 PM | 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Appropriations
              • Topic: Legislative Branch Subcommittee - Budget estimates for fiscal year 2025 for the Library of Congress and the Architect of the Capitol

              2:30 PM | 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Appropriations
              • Topic: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee - Budget estimates for fiscal year 2025 for the Department of Commerce

              2:30 PM | 216 Hart Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Intelligence (Select)
              • Topic: Update on foreign threats to the 2024 elections

              2:45 PM | 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
              • Topic: Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee - GAO's 2024 Report on reducing fragmentation, overlap, and duplication

              3:30 PM | 418 Russell Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Veterans Affairs
              • Topic: Frontier health care and veterans' access

              4:00 PM | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Oversight and Accountability
              • Topic: Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation Subcommittee - Countering the Cyberthreat from China

              4:00 PM | 232A Russell Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Armed Services
              • Topic: Airland Subcommittee - Army modernization

              Thursday, May 16, 2024

              9:00 AM | HVC-301 Capitol

              • Committee: House Homeland Security
              • Topic: National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee - CCP’s infiltration of U.S. military installations

              9:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Oversight and Accountability
              • Topic: Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic - Hearing with NIH Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak

              9:30 AM | HVC 210 Capitol

              • Committee: House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party
              • Topic: "All Roads Leading to Beijing? The CCP's Global Development Offensive"

              9:30 AM | 216 Hart Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Armed Services
              • Topic: Department of the Navy posture: Hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Navy in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2025 and the Future Years Defense Program; to be immediately followed by a closed session in SVC-217.

              10:00 AM | 310 Cannon House Office Building

              • Committee: House Homeland Security
              • Topic: Emergency Management and Technology Subcommittee - Use of drones in emergency response

              10:00 AM | 1324 Longworth House Office Building

              • Committee: House Natural Resources
              • Topic: Oversight Hearing on the Council on Environmental Quality Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request

              10:00 AM | 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Appropriations
              • Topic: Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee - Budget Hearing for the Federal Communications Commission

              10:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Science, Space, and Technology
              • Topic: Research and Technology Subcommittee - Oversight and Examination of the National Science Foundation’s Priorities for 2025 and Beyond

              10:00 AM | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Foreign Affairs
              • Topic: Markup of various measures

              10:00 AM | 2128 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Financial Services
              • Topic: Markup of various measures

              10:00 AM | 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Judiciary
              • Topic: Markup of various measures:         H.R.7909, H.R.1398, H.R.7803

              10:00 AM | 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
              • Topic: President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2025 for the Forest Service

              10:00 AM | 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
              • Topic: Dental care crisis in America

              10:00 AM | 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
              • Topic: Oversight hearing on U.S. financial regulators

              10:00 AM | 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Finance
              • Topic: Rural Healthcare

              10:00 AM | G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Judiciary
              • Topic: Business meeting to consider various measures: S.1306, S.3335, S.4235, S.930

              10:00 AM | 253 Russell Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
              • Topic: Business meeting to consider various measures

              10:15 AM | 1310 Longworth House Office Building

              • Committee: House Administration
              • Topic: Preventing noncitizen voting and other foreign interference

              10:30 AM | 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building

              • Committee: Senate Foreign Relations
              • Topic: Department of State modernization and management

              11:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Oversight and Accountability
              • Topic: Markup - Consideration of H.Res. for contempt of Congress for Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. H.Res. Recommending that the House of Representatives find Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in Contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Accountability

              2:00 PM | 310 Cannon House Office Building

              • Committee: House Homeland Security
              • Topic: Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability Subcommittee - Unprecedented surge in Chinese illegal immigration

              2:00 PM | 360 Cannon House Office Building

              • Committee: House Veterans Affairs
              • Topic: Ensuring VA’s Security - How Congress can support VA’s law enforcement

              2:00 PM | 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission)
              • Topic: Ukraine and its defensive needs

              2:30 PM | 1334 Longworth House Office Building

              • Committee: House Natural Resources
              • Topic: Oversight Budget Hearing on the President’s FY 2025 Budget Proposal for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Power Marketing Administrations

              Friday, May 17, 2024

              2:00 PM | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

              • Committee: House Foreign Affairs
              • Topic: Subcommittee on Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations - Eliminating U.S. Aid to Terrorists – New Policies for the U.S. Gov’t & Its Partners

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                        118th U.S. CONGRESS

                        • Both Chambers are in session Tuesday through Friday, 5/17.

                        Executive Branch

                          Maryland General Assembly (446th session)

                          • The Maryland Legislative session ended at midnight on Monday, April 15th.
                          • For a general overview and information on the 2024 session, visit the General Assembly's Tutorial page
                          • Contact & More Information

                          Advocacy Affiliates

                          MCDA is an affiliate of NCDA, ACA, and MCA and its advocacy work is linked to these organizations. Your MCDA membership automatically links you to the advocacy efforts of all four groups. However, all MCDA members are eligible to join these groups.


                          NCDA Federal Advocacy 2023-2024

                          NOTE: Policy Areas are not in order of priority. Priority of these areas will be ever-evolving to mirror prominent issues within the legislature.

                          Policy Areas

                          1. Employment Opportunities and Job Market Adaptability
                            • Focus 1: Advocating for federal policies that foster a dynamic and inclusive job market, ensuring opportunities for all skill levels and backgrounds.
                            • Focus 2: Pushing for legislation that supports job transition programs, particularly for workers in declining industries or those impacted by automation and digital transformation.
                            • Focus 3: Collaboration with federal agencies to develop and promote initiatives that match job seekers with opportunities based on current and forecasted labor market trends.
                          2. Student Career Services
                            • Focus 1: Educate policymakers and advocate for the continuum of career services from early education through the end of life, with particular emphasis on meaning and purpose derived from work.
                            • Focus 2: Advocating for and supporting funding for high-quality career services in K-12 settings.
                            • Focus 3: Advocating for and supporting funding for high-quality career services in higher education institutions at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional (e.g. law and medical school) levels.
                            • Focus 4: Advocating for and supporting funding for high-quality career services in vocational programs, community programs, and additional services for minors and adults.
                          3. Professional Accreditation and Certification Standards
                            • Focus: Lobbying for federal standards and support for the accreditation and certification of career development professionals to ensure quality and uniformity across the field, with particular emphasis on NCDA’s professional and ethical standards, including credentials approved by the NCDA Credentialing Commission.
                          4. Access to Professional Development
                            • Focus: Advocacy for federal grants or subsidies aimed at promoting ongoing professional development among practitioners and educators in the career development field.
                          5. Workforce Development and Education
                            • Focus: Collaboration with federal agencies, including the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, to integrate career development into national education policies and workforce development programs.
                          6. Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
                            • Focus: Promoting legislation that ensures all individuals, especially those from underrepresented and marginalized groups, have equitable access to career development resources and opportunities.
                            • Focus: Advocating for legislation to protect workers from discrimination, especially those from underrepresented and marginalized groups.
                          7. Special Populations
                            • Focus: Advocating for legislation and programs that support special populations, including military veterans, individuals with disabilities, reentering formerly incarcerated individuals, immigrants, and other groups with barriers to workforce participation.
                          8. Mental Health and Career Development
                            • Focus: Pushing for policies that integrate career development as part of broader mental health and well-being initiatives at the federal level.
                          9. Funding for Research and Innovation
                            • Focus: Advocating for federal funding to facilitate research in career development trends, technologies, and best practices.
                          10. Small Business Development
                            • Focus: Support funding and programs supporting small businesses, including tax structures to support small businesses and their owners.
                          11. Data Privacy and Ethical Compliance
                            • Focus: Advocacy for ethical standards and data protection laws relevant to the gathering and storage of client information in the career development sector.

                          ACA Federal Advocacy

                          Agenda for Advocacy Power Hours (APH):

                          1. Introduction of attendees and ACA staff
                          2. State updates – ACA staff
                          3. Federal updates – ACA staff
                          4. State & regional updates – ACA members
                          5. Final call(s) to action – ACA staff
                          Q&A, wrap up, and important ACA administrative updates – ACA staff

                            Meetings and an updated schedule for the 2024 FY will resume in September 2023.

                              MCA Advocacy

                              • Our Counseling Compact WELCOMEs New Hampshire! There are now 15 states  signed to the Counseling Compact including:  Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia!
                              • Click here to access the MCA Advocacy Committee web page.

                                For any questions or to get involved in legislative advocacy at the local, state, or national level, 
                                please contact 
                                MCDA’s Legislative Co-Chairs MCDA.Legislative@MDCareers.org.



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