Congress returns from the Memorial Day break to a busy week that will see a House vote to repeal the Obama-era banking reform law known as Dodd-Frank, Senate consideration of legislation to boost accountability in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the long-awaited testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.
The House vote on Dodd-Frank will be the major vote of the week. Republicans are looking to drastically pare back the law, which was among President Barack Obama's biggest legislative achievements.
The GOP says Congress must act to reduce the dramatic increase in oversight and regulation of the financial industry.
"It will rein in the overreach of Dodd-Frank that has allowed the big banks to get bigger while small businesses have been unable to get the loans they need to succeed," said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
The House will also be meeting privately to write a bill that would reform the tax code, and the House Ways and Means Committee will hear from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal for the department.
"Our hearing will be an excellent opportunity to hear directly from the administration about its policies, as well as discuss our committee's work to improve healthcare for all Americans, ensure Medicare solvency for future generations, and reform welfare," said Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
Across the Capitol in the Senate, members are expected to vote on a VA accountability bill that will look to make it even easier to fire corrupt or negligent employees.
Republican senators will meet as part of a healthcare reform working group to discuss ways to advance a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate Budget Committee began writing healthcare reform talking points over the week-long recess that GOP aides said could be used as the basis for legislation they hope to pass by the end of July.
Senators will also vote on a non-binding resolution calling on President Trump to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an act that Trump postponed last week. Votes are also expected on a few Trump nominees, including a vote to confirm Courtney Elwood as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.
But the main attraction in the Senate will be an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing featuring ousted FBI Director James Comey, who is planning to testify about his reported claim that President Trump pressured him to end an agency investigation of fired national security adviser Mike Flynn.
Congress has been consumed by allegations from Democrats that President Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials, and that he may have fired Comey to thwart that investigation.
Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Democrats have suggested he will tell lawmakers Trump tried to convince him to drop the probe into Flynn, who was fired for discussing U.S. sanctions with Russian officials before Trump took office. Democrats have suggested Comey's allegations confirm an effort by Trump to obstruct the probe into alleged Russia ties, which Trump has denied.
Comey will speak publicly at 10 a.m. and his testimony will be followed by a classified briefing, closed to the public, at 1 p.m.