The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. Democrats will kick off their annual policy retreat in Cambridge, MD on Wednesday.

The current continuing resolution (CR) is set to expire on Feb. 8. The House is expected to take up another temporary government funding bill as early as Tuesday. At this writing, bill text for the CR has not been released, but the stopgap will reportedly run through March 22 to give lawmakers more time to work out a deal on DACA, discretionary budget caps, and a long-term funding bill for fiscal year 2018.

Based on the chatter from Capitol Hill, the CR may also include disaster assistance funding and a few minor healthcare provisions. Democrats are expected to support the forthcoming CR.

Here’s what else is in store for the week:


  • Bills Under Consideration. Lawmakers will take up consideration of H.R. 4547, a bill that would amend the Social Security Act to strengthen the representative payment program; and H.R. 1153, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017, a bill that would improve the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction.
  • House FSOC Hearing. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will appear before the financial services committee on Tuesday to give his annual report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
  • Infrastructure Hearing. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a subcommittee hearing on America’s nuclear infrastructure on Tuesday.
  • Ways and Means Policy Retreat. Republicans on the committee will meet Feb. 6 to discuss priorities for 2018.


  • Nomination. The Senate will consider the nomination of Andrei Iancu to be the undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A vote is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today.
  • Virtual Currencies. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo will appear before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday to discuss the oversight roles of their agencies.
  • Retirement Savings. On Tuesday, the Senate HELP Committee will hold a subcommittee hearing on the gig economy and the future of retirement savings.