Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session.
• Congress returns this week from a two-week holiday break.
• President Donald Trump’s impeachment hangs in the balance amid a partisan standoff as Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet decided when to transmit the House-approved articles to the Senate, allowing the impeachment trial to proceed.
• Washington is also consumed with reaction to spiraling tensions with Iran after a U.S. airstrike Thursday killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
- The House is in session Tuesday through Friday. The floor agenda is focused on legislation requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate perfluorinated alkylated substances, as well as several noncontroversial bills regarding 5G communications.
- Pelosi says the House will vote on a war powers resolution designed to limit the president’s potential military actions against Iran.
- The Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on legislation focused on children’s health and Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
- The Transportation and Infrastructure Water Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act.
- The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.
- The Senate will vote on the nomination of Jovita Carranza to be head of the Small Business Administration.
- The Finance Committee on Tuesday will vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
- The Senate impeachment trial of Trump is on hold amid a partisan standoff over rules for the trial – and because Pelosi hasn’t formally transmitted the House-approved articles of impeachment to the Senate.
- The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.
- Trump today will hold a credentialing ceremony for new ambassadors.
- Tomorrow he will host the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
- Thursday, Trump will hold a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.