Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session.
• Tension remains high between Capitol Hill and the White House, as the House marches forward in its impeachment inquiry and lawmakers take action to address President Donald Trump’s pullback of U.S. troops from the Turkey-Syria border and Turkey’s incursion into Syria.
• Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a major speech in Washington on Thursday on U.S. policy toward China.
• The House canceled votes Thursday to allow lawmakers to attend services for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who died late last week.
- The House is in session tonight through Wednesday. The agenda focuses on legislation aimed at preventing foreign interference in U.S. elections, and may also include sanctions against Turkey.
- The Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday will take up Democrats’ legislation addressing prescription drug costs, along with bills to expand Medicare to include dental, vision and hearing coverage.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee regarding Facebook’s impact on the financial services and housing sectors.
- Cummings will lie in state on Thursday.
- The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.
- The Senate plans to vote on several appropriations bills as well as the nomination of Andrew Bremberg to be ambassador to the United Nations.
- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on Turkey’s military offensive in northern Syria.
- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on energy efficiency.
- The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.
- Trump today will hold a Cabinet meeting and have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.
- Later in the week, he will speak at a Pittsburgh conference on shale energy and at a forum on criminal justice in Columbia, South Carolina.
- Pence will deliver a speech Thursday on China policy at the Wilson Center in Washington.