Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each Monday that Congress is in session.
• Congress returns from Memorial Day recess with the Senate in session today and the House reconvening Tuesday. The House plans to take initial steps on spending bills central to the GOP’s strategy to avoid a government shutdown in October, and House Republicans will convene a closed-door meeting to try to defuse a potential partywide meltdown on immigration. The Senate this week continues to focus on advancing judicial nominations.
• The Supreme Court this morning is scheduled to release opinions as several high-profile cases await decisions, including a business’s ability to refuse service to same-sex couples, whether public sector unions can charge fees to nonmembers and President Trump’s travel ban. Court-watchers will be closely monitoring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s future, too, amid speculation he could announce his retirement this summer.
• Seven states hold congressional primaries on Tuesday — including New Jersey and California, which will both be battlegrounds for control of the House in November’s midterm elections.