Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session.
• Congress returns this week from its six-week summer recess, with 40 legislative days remaining in 2019.
• Democrats this week are focusing on gun control measures, attempting to pressure Republicans in the wake of multiple mass shootings this summer.
• Senate appropriators are taking up several bills this week as lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government.
- The House is in session tonight through Thursday. The agenda includes legislation to block oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
- The House Judiciary Committee will vote on a series of bills addressing gun violence, and also expects a procedural vote on authorizing rules for potential impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
- The Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on protecting chemical facilities from terrorism.
- The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.
- The Senate plans to take up the nomination of Kelly Craft to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
- The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to vote on four different funding bills.
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mark Calabria tomorrow will testify before the Senate Banking Committee on housing finance reform.
- The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.
- Trump tonight will hold a political rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in support of Republican congressional candidate Dan Bishop, who faces Democrat Dan McCready in a special election.
- On Wednesday, Trump will participate in a moment of silence in observance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and will also participate in a remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon.
- Later in the week, he will travel to Baltimore to speak at the Republican congressional retreat.