Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session.

HEADLINES

• Both chambers of Congress are planning to take up spending bills to address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

• President Donald Trump will sign an order on healthcare costs, then late this week will travel to Japan for the G20 Summit in Osaka.

• Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination will take part in their first debates Wednesday and Thursday.

HOUSE

  • The House is in session today through Thursday. Lawmakers are continuing to vote on spending bills, including a supplemental package addressing humanitarian needs at the Southern border.
  • The Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing titled “Mexico’s Labor Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for an Improved NAFTA.”
  • The House Financial Services Committee continues its busy schedule, including hearings on fintech and artificial intelligence.
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.

SENATE

  • The Senate will continue consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act, and also will take up a supplemental spending bill addressing the Southern border crisis.
  • The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on reauthorization and oversight of the Export-Import Bank.
  • The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on algorithmic decision-making and machine learning on internet platforms.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.

WHITE HOUSE

  • Trump this afternoon will sign an executive order compelling disclosure of prices in healthcare, according to reports.
  • Thursday he will travel to Osaka for the G20 Summit, where he will meet with President Xi Jinping of China for the first time since December.
  • Democrats contending to challenge Trump in 2020 will hold their first debates this week.