This week the House will be working in their districts; which only leaves the Senate to watch. It also means a much lighter committee hearing schedule for the week. There is only one hearing of potential interest to readers of this blog; a markup hearing (.PDF Download) for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
There is a lot that will be covered quickly at this hearing (4 nominations, 8 bills, and 2 facility naming bills), so there will not be a lot of discussion or amending going on. Two of the eight pieces of legislation may be of particular interest to readers of this blog:
∙ HR 623, the Social Media Working Group Act of 2015; and
∙ A new Senate bill on improving the public alert and warning system.
HR 623 was passed in the House by a bipartisan vote and should be able to make it through the Senate. The vote margin (probably a voice vote) will indicate if there will be any problems.
It will be interesting to see what the actual language is in this bill. There are two competing bills in the House (HR 1472 and HR 1738). As I noted in my post on the later bill, the difference between the two is which committee in the House gets jurisdiction. The House leadership may not be interested in making the decision which could make this Senate bill more important as it would essentially make the decision for the House.