Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, speaks to the media on May 27 at General Electric, Transportation Division, in Lawrence Park Township, Erie County, Pa. Congress is debating whether to renew the bank’s charter, which expires at the end of the month. (AP Photo)

Today’s mood: Tense. All eyes are on the expected House vote this afternoon on trade promotion authority (TPA). Check for the latest updates from PowerPost’s Kelsey Snell, who’s on the Hill tracking the vote.

Comings and goings
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Penn.) is the new president and CEO of Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), which is made up of 7,300 businesses and associations.

Following the money
The Republican Party of Orange County is holding its 16th annual flag day featuring GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at the Irvine Hyatt in Irvine, Calif. ($150-$300 perimeter seating/$250-$500 preferred seating/$2,500 bronze table sponsorship/$5,000 silver table sponsorship/$7,500 gold table sponsorship/$10,000 platinum table sponsorship).

Headlines
Lobbying intensifies as Iran nuclear deal nears: With the June 30 deadline approaching for the United States to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, influential lobbying groups on both sides of the issue — including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), American Jewish Committee, Republican-leaning think tanks and political groups and the pro-Israel lobby J Street — are intensifying their efforts to shape public and congressional reaction to the agreement, which lawmakers will have at least 30 days to review, writes The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung.

Ex-Im chief Hochberg is talking to lawmakers opposing bank’s reauthorization: Fred Hochberg, chairman of the credit export agency that’s under attack from conservative Republicans, today said there is “no plan B” if the bank is not reauthorized. Hochberg said he met with House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) on Wednesday, and has had ongoing conversations with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), both of whom oppose reauthorizing the bank.

New lobbying contracts

Dixon Marketing Associates has hired Ward & Smith to lobby on issues related to the Defense Commissary Agency. Lobbyists James Norment and Hugh Overholt are listed on the registration.

Hollywood Park Land Co. has hired Foley & Lardner to lobby on legislative activities to secure a California Environmental Quality Act exemption to build a stadium on the former Hollywood Park Track property. Lobbyist and former Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) is listed on the registration.

Western Growers Association has hired Foley & Lardner to advocate and monitor California water policy and drought legislation, and modernization and reform of the National Endangered Species Act. Cardoza is listed on the registration.

New lobbying terminations

Pharmaceutical company Eisai Inc. has terminated its contract with Angela Stewart.