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


• Lawmakers are working on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded into at least November. Current government spending expires Oct. 1.

• President Donald Trump will travel west for several political events between visits from foreign leaders from Bahrain and Australia bookending his week.

• Trump presents New York Yankee legend and Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


  • The House is in session Tuesday through Friday. The agenda includes legislation to fund the government into November.
  • The House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday will mark up 16 bills focused on conservation.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will testify Thursday on science and technology at EPA in a hearing before the House Science Committee.
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.


  • The Senate will continue to work through Trump’s nominees for ambassadorships and other administration positions.
  • Labor Secretary nominee Eugene Scalia will appear Thursday before the Senate HELP Committee.
  • Senate appropriators hope to pass three funding bills this week, after partisan sniping over abortion and border wall funding delayed progress last week.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.


  • Trump today will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Rivera and later will meet with Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.
  • Tonight Trump will hold a political rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before traveling to California for several fundraisers Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Trump on Friday will host his administration’s second state dinner, this time with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.