July calendar filled with work on NDAA and defense budget

Congress returns to Capitol Hill this week with just three weeks before the August recess and goals to advance both the 2022 budget supply measures and the annual defense clearance bill before the recess.

Last week, officials of the Senate Armed Forces Committee announced their intention to mark their authorization bill from July 19, with the aim of completing the work by July 22.

Can defense sneak up on Congress’ busy agenda?

On the congressional agenda when members return from the July 4 recess: defense spending and political bills arriving late as well as President Joe Biden’s choice for Secretary of the Navy, among other candidates of the Pentagon.

The House Armed Services Committee is expected to review its subcommittee’s plans a week later, but has no plans to finalize that work until the recess on September 1.

Meanwhile, the House Appropriations Committee – which has already brought forward several budget bills – plans to mark its defense budget proposal on Tuesday. Democratic House leaders have said they hope to pass the budget measures through the House before August, with the goal of speeding up budget negotiations with the Senate later this fall.

Tuesday July 13

Armed Services of the Senate – 9:30 a.m. – 106 Dirksen
Applications
The committee will consider five nominations, including Carlos Del Toro for Secretary of the Navy and Gilbert Cisneros Jr. for Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel.

House Credits – 10 a.m. – 1100 Longworth
Defense / Homeland Security Credits
The plenary committee will mark its draft defense and internal security expenditure plan for fiscal year 22.

Veterans’ Chamber – 10 a.m. – online hearing
Modernization of calls
VA officials will testify on changes to the disability benefit appeal process.

Senate Foreign Relations – 10 a.m. – G-50 Dirksen
Applications
The committee will consider four nominations, including Gentry Smith for the post of Assistant Secretary of State.

Veterans’ Chamber – 2 p.m. – online hearing
VA police force
VA officials will testify on reforms to the department’s police force.

House Armed Services – 3:00 p.m. – online hearing
Fixed-wing tactical aircraft
Defense aviation officials will testify on the FY2022 budget request for the fixed-wing tactical and training aircraft programs.

Wednesday July 14

Senate Internal Security – 9:15 a.m. – 342 Dirksen
Pending legislation
The committee will consider several pending bills.

Senate Foreign Relations – 10:30 a.m. – 216 Hart
USAID Budget
USAID Administrator Samantha Power will testify on the 2022 fiscal budget request.

Foreign Affairs Chamber – 2 p.m. – online hearing
USAID Budget
USAID Administrator Samantha Power will testify on the 2022 fiscal budget request.

Veterans’ Chamber – 2 p.m. – online hearing
Pending legislation
The health subcommittee will review 10 measures, including the “Build a Better VA” law.

Veterans Senate – 3:30 p.m. – 418 Russell
Electronic health records
VA officials will testify on the progress and challenges of the electronic medical records modernization plan.

House Armed Services – 4 p.m. – online hearing
Military construction
Defense officials will testify on the military construction budget request for fiscal year 2022.

Thursday July 15th

Senate Internal Security – 10:15 a.m. – 342 Dirksen
Applications
The committee will consider two nominations, including Ed Gonzalez for the post of Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

House Homeland Security – 12:00 p.m. Online Hearing
DHS reforms
Outside experts will testify on potential reforms of the Department of Homeland Security.

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