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


• The House plans to take up a short-term spending bill to fund the government until Dec. 20.

• President Donald Trump on Wednesday will visit an Apple manufacturing plant in Texas, as House Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry.

• Ten Democrats seeking the nomination to challenge Trump will participate in their fifth debate on Wednesday, in Atlanta.


  • The House is in session tonight through Thursday. Lawmakers will take up a short-term spending bill, as well as a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, and legislation aiming to prevent workplace violence in the healthcare and social services industries.
  • The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the role of big data in financial services.
  • The Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee on Wednesday will hold a hearing titled “Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: The Challenges Facing Frontline Communities.”
  • The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.


  • The Senate will continue votes on Trump’s nominees and also plans to process a short-term funding bill.
  • Dr. Stephen Hahn will testify Wednesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a hearing on his nomination to be the Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
  • The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on Alzheimer’s awareness.
  • The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.


  • Trump will meet with his Cabinet tomorrow.
  • Wednesday he will visit Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
  • On Thursday, Trump will present national medals of arts and humanities, including to musician Alison Krauss, actor Jon Voight and author James Patterson.