The Senate was back in session last week after a lengthy two-week break back in their states. It quickly passed - in a bipartisan 87-0 vote - trade secrets legislation that strengthens federal law and provides damages for U.S. companies affected by the theft of corporate intellectual property.
After they passed this on Monday, the rest of the week was focused on the long-term FAA reauthorization. The upper chamber worked on the legislation all week, with a number of amendments proposed by both Democrats and Republicans. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Democrats have focused on increased airport security. The Senate did not finish debate on the bill last week.
The Supreme Court vacancy came back into focus. President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, continued his round of meetings with Senators last week, including a handful of Republicans. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stated that he will be meeting with Garland early this week. Garland is also expected to meet with other Republicans this week; but even with these meetings, hearings and votes held on Garland’s nomination still seem unlikely
The House was in recess last week and will be back in session this week.