Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each Monday that Congress is in session.
• Foreign policy – particularly trade with China and the standoffs with Iran and North Korea – is likely to compete for attention this week among policymakers in the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said trade talks with China are producing tangible benefits, and both countries appear to be backing down from threated tariffs. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first major speech since becoming the nation’s top diplomat, will outline the administration’s approach to Iran after the United States withdrew from the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran. President Trump on Tuesday will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, after a flare-up last week threatened to derail next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
• The House takes up veterans’ healthcare bills this week in advance of next week’s Memorial Day recess, as GOP House leaders deal with the fallout from Friday, when conservatives sunk a farm bill because of a lack of progress on unrelated immigration legislation. The Senate continues to focus on approving Trump’s nominations.
• Primaries Tuesday in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky; primary runoff in Texas.