By S-3 Public Affairs
FACT OF THE WEEK
Mashable reports on how Slack employees use Slack themselves, and its incredible growth since its start: “Slack officially launched in 2014 as a side-project from Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield. When Fast Company spoke with Butterfield the next year, the service had 500,000 daily users. Now, it has more than 6 million daily users with at least 3 million more using it every week.”
Techcrunch adds a note about a new feature that seeks to help you stay organized in Slack. “Over two years after leaving Aol (now known as Oath) back in September 2015 to build a new startup, serial entrepreneur Ryan Block, with co-founder Brian LeRoux, is finally taking the wraps off the new venture:Begin, an intelligent app designed to help you keep track of things that you have to do, and when you should do them, as they come up in the stream of a messaging app. By extension, Begin is also solving one of the more persistent problems of messaging apps: losing track of things you need to remember in the wider thread of the conversation. Begin is launching today as an integration on Slack — which also happens to be one of its backers, by way of the Slack Fund.”
With Opening Day approach (March 29 – Nats home opener April 5), Bloomberg reports, “Facebook Inc. reached a deal with Major League Baseball for exclusive rights to stream 25 afternoon games on the social network in the U.S. It’s the first time a major U.S. league has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook, which has been building a portfolio of live sports. MLB owners unanimously approved the move, the league said. Neither MLB nor Facebook disclosed the financial terms, though people with knowledge of the matter put the price at $30 million to $35 million.”
IN THE ADMINISTRATION
The Hill reports, “President Trump will visit California next week to inspect border wall prototypes along the U.S. border with Mexico, the White House said Wednesday. While there, Trump is expected to travel to San Diego to view the eight prototypes for the president’s long-promised border wall.
ON THE HILL
Budget negotiations continue both for current year funding as well as looking ahead to 2019 appropriations, with several cabinet officials testifying this week. Additionally, the Senate will continue consideration of legislation that will roll back some Dodd-Frank provisions. The House will consider legislation aimed at improving school safety as well as a number of financial services bills. Also Tuesday, the special election in Pennsylvania to fill former Rep. Tim Murphy’s seat.
Monday (March 12): Senate cloture vote on the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act; House Oversight and Subcommittee field hearing on the impact of the 2017 hurricane on the U.S. Virgin Islands, to be held in St. Thomas; House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee field hearing on maximizing resources in Puerto Rico, to be held in San Juan; National League of Cities 2018 Congressional City Conference (through March 14); Federal Managers Association’s 80th National Convention (through March 14);
Tuesday (March 13): Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the FY2019 budget request for the Interior Department, with testimony from Secretary Ryan Zinke; Senate Armed Services Committeehearing on U.S. Central Command and Africa Command and subcommittee hearing on the cyber posture of the Services in review of the FY2019 defense authorization request; Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Freedom of Information Act, including the administration’s progress on reforms; Senate Commerce Subcommittee hearings on investing in next generation broadband and state and local transportation needs; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on state fragility, growth, and development, with testimony from Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development Chairman David Cameron; House Rules Committee meeting to consider the TAILOR Act, Regulation At Improvement Act, and Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act; American Enterprise Institute eventon the opioid crisis with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT);
Wednesday (March 14): House Appropriations Subcommittee FY2019 budget hearings on the Air Force (with testimony from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation (with testimony from a panel including Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman); House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2019 budget request for the Coast Guard and maritime transportation programs; House Armed Services Subcommittee hearings on space warfighting readiness, the Air Force’s FY2019 budget request for sea power and projection forces, and the FY2019 budget request for the Defense Department’s science and technology programs; House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the FY2019 budget request for the Transportation Security Administration; Senate Commerce Committee hearing on administration perspectives for rebuilding infrastructure, with testimony from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross; Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nominations of Theodore Garrish (to be assistant secretary of Energy for international affairs) and James Capos (to be director of the Energy Department’s Office of Minority Economic Impact); Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on legislative proposals to improve school safety and oversight of the Parkland shooting; Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing on the nominations of David Tryon (to be chief counsel of the Small Business Administrator) and Hannibal Ware (to be SBA’s inspector general); Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Agriculture Creates Rural Employment (ACRE) Act; Senate Armed Services Subcommittee hearing on the Department of Energy atomic energy defense activities and programs; Senate Veterans’ Affairs and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee joint legislative presentation of multiple veterans service organizations; Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearings on Somalia’s current security and stability status and food security; House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on protecting cutting-edge technology and national security through modernizing export controls; House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing to examine recently expired tax provisions;House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the federal regulatory process and subcommittee hearing on the state of play for federal IT in 2018; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing to examine cryptocurrencies and ICO markets; House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings on legislation addressing cybersecurity and emergency response in Energy Department modernization and reauthorization of animal drug user fees ADUFA and AGDUFA; House Budget Committee oversight hearing of the Congressional Budget Office with testimony from former CBO Directors Alice Rivlin and Doug Holtz-Eakin, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget President Maya MacGuineas, and Bipartisan Policy Center senior advisor Sandy Davis; House Rules Committee meetingto consider the Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act and Stress Test Improvement Act; House Natural Resources Committee markupof 6 bills; American Council on Renewable Energy’s Policy Forum, with keynote speeches from Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Energy Summit; Cato Institute event on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, with House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA);Center for American Progress event on the future of Asia, with keynote remarks from Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX);
Thursday (March 15): Congress hosts the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon, hosted by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) with President Donald Trump and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar scheduled to participate; House Appropriations Subcommittee FY2019 budget hearings for the Department of Health and Human Services (with testimony from HHS Secretary Alex Azar), Department of Transportation (with testimony from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao), Department of Energy (with testimony from Energy Secretary Rick Perry), Department of Veterans Affairs (with testimony from VA Secretary David Shulkin), Army (with testimony from Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley), and the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General; House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearing of the Interior Department’s policy priorities and FY2019 budget proposal, with testimony from Secretary Ryan Zinke, and subcommittee oversight hearing on abandoned hardrock mines and the role of non-governmental entities; House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee hearings on the VA’s FY2019 budget requests for the Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefit Administration and Board of Veterans’ Appeals; Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department’s FY2019 budget request and redesign plans, with testimony from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. Pacific Command in review of the FY2019 defense authorization request; Senate HELP Committee hearing on the 340B drug discount program; House Homeland Security Committee hearing on preparedness, response, and rebuilding lessons from last year’s natural disasters and subcommittee hearingon U.S. Customs and Border Protection; House Armed Services Committee hearing on security challenges in Europe and posture for interstate competition with Russia and subcommittee hearings on the FY2019 budget requests for the Air Force’s airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance programsand national security space programs; House Science, Space & Technology Committee hearing on the FY2019 budget request for the National Science Foundation; House Financial Services Subcommittee hearings on the administration’s perspective of CFIUS and the monetization and illicit use of stolen data; House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee hearing on water resources projects and policy; House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing on the federal permitting process; House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of 2 bills and 2 resolutions; Heritage Foundation event on countering authoritarianism and advancing U.S. interests in Latin America, featuring keynote remarks from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); National Press Club Headliners luncheon with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ); The Atlantic Council events on strategic oil product stockholding, with remarks from Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), and the U.S.-Georgia partnership, featuring keynote remarks from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Republic of Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili;