Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session.
• After passing emergency funding to respond to the coronavirus, Washington is now turning to potential measures to bolster the economy – as equity markets opened Monday plummeting 7 percent before trading was halted.
• President Donald Trump will meet with the prime minister of Ireland but plans to skip the annual Saint Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Capitol.
• The House plans to vote on immigration-related legislation and may take up a renewal of foreign surveillance powers, while the Senate continues consideration of energy legislation.
- The House will be in session today through Thursday. The agenda includes legislation to overturn President Trump’s ban on travel from certain countries, and to ensure access to counsel for detained immigrants.
- Lawmakers also hope to renew the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which expires this week – but an agreement on renewal legislation is elusive.
- House appropriators will continue their budget hearings, including with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
- The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.
- The Senate plans to resume consideration on a broad energy bill aiming to promote clean energy and grid modernization and security.
- The Senate Commerce Committee will mark up six bills, including one on rural broadband and one on fighting doping in sports.
- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to mark up 26 various bills.
- The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.
- President Trump today is returning from Florida as his administration scrambles to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak.
- Thursday he will meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and participate in the annual Shamrock Bowl presentation – but he will not attend the annual Saint Patrick’s Day luncheon at the Capitol amid his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is hosting the event.
- Later in the week he plans to travel to Colorado for a fundraiser for vulnerable Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.