Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, posted when Congress is in session.
• The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues amid new revelations that a forthcoming book from former National Security Advisor John Bolton will say that Trump told him that U.S. aid to Ukraine was tied to that country’s investigation Joe Biden and his family.
• Trump is staying busy this week, including a visit from Israeli leaders and a planned release of his Middle East peace plan, and signing the implementing legislation for the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.
• Trump also will hold a political rally in New Jersey for Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew, and will also hold a rally in Iowa four days before the state’s Democratic caucuses.
- The House is in session today through Thursday and is planning to take up a repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq.
- The House Financial Services Financial Technology Task Force on Thursday will hold a hearing on the rise of mobile payments.
- The Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing on infrastructure funding.
- The full list of this week’s House committee activity can be found here.
- The Senate is consumed with the impeachment trial, allowing limited time for other business.
- Trump’s legal team this week will continue presenting its defense case, which began on Saturday.
- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday will hold a closed hearing on Iran policy.
- The current list of Senate committee activity can be found here.
- Trump today and Tuesday is meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders and has promised to unveil his long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East.
- Tomorrow, Trump will host a campaign rally for Van Drew, who recently switched his party affiliation to Republican.
- Wednesday, Trump will sign the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, before departing for a Thursday visit to a factory in Michigan and campaign rally in Iowa.