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The House is out of session until Sept. 4, but the Senate plans to keep working, beginning next week with a vote on a major appropriations measure, a defense policy bill, and a motion to begin negotiations with the House on a five-year farm policy measure.
The Senate will also probe “foreign influence operations” in social media.
The article goes on to state the following:
The subject will be part of a rare open hearing conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The panel has invited social media experts to discuss the issue, which lawmakers are focused on following President Trump’s Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his walked-back suggestion that Russia did not try to meddle in the 2016 election.
The Senate is planning to dedicate part of the summer work session to confirming President Trump’s judicial and executive nominees, staring with a vote on the nomination of Britt Grant to serve as a judge for the 11th Circuit.
Senate lawmakers are preparing to hold a confirmation hearing on Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh will continue making the rounds in the Capitol, where he has already met with dozens of Republicans. He plans to start meeting with at least a few Democrats in the coming weeks and will sit down this week with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
The Senate also plans to vote next week on the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government appropriations legislation. The bill combines four separate spending bill into one package, which lawmakers have labeled a mini-bus.
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