Washington D.C. The capitol, the seat of the government of the United States.Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each week when Congress is in session.


• Delayed because of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

• Congressional negotiators continue to discuss border security legislation as they seek to avert another government shutdown.

• House committees are filling the week with hearings promoting Democrats’ agenda, including on gun control, healthcare, climate, and oversight of the Trump administration.



  • The Senate will reconvene today and wrap up consideration of a Middle East policy bill that was delayed by the shutdown.
  • The Judiciary Committee plans to advance the nomination of William Barr to be attorney general, along with dozens of Trump judicial nominees.
  • The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday on primary care.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.


  • Trump on Tuesday night will deliver his State of the Union address.
  • Trump will speak at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.
  • Trump has said this week he will announce the time and place for a planned upcoming meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.