VIDEO: What’s happening in Congress this week

Here’s our Washington policy outlook for this week.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote to impeach President Trump for abuse of office and obstruction of Congress. The charges are related to a phone call that Trump had with the president of the Ukraine.

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Last week, the House and the Senate announced a deal to fund the federal government through next year. Congress still has yet to vote on the spending package, and only has until December 20 to do so. The major cause of delay was related to funding for Trump’s border wall. The current deal provides the same $1.4 billion for the wall that was allocated for this year.

After the bill passes Congress, Trump still has to sign it into law. If he doesn’t, there could be another government shutdown.

Also, this week, the House is expected to vote on The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement known as USMCA. The USMCA would replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement that governs more than $1.2 trillion worth of trade among the three countries.

Finally, this week, congress is expected to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act.  This is the $783 billion defense policy legislation that passes every year.

This will be the last Policy Outlook update of 2019. Updates will resume the week of January 6, 2020.

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