February Washington D.C. Preview

February 3, 2020

QUICK FIX

— February off to a fast start: The shortest month of the year kicks off with rapid-fire key moments. The 2020 election begins in earnest today with the Iowa caucuses — and the results could have big implications for the tech world if a Silicon Valley critic like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) does well.

 

President Donald Trump will outline his policy agenda in a State of the Union speech Tuesday, one day before Senate Republicans are expected to vote to acquit him in the impeachment trial. Trump will then unveil his budget on Feb. 10.

 

On Friday, Democratic presidential candidates will debate in New Hampshire ahead of the primary there Feb. 11. The month ends with two more debates: Feb. 19 in Nevada and Feb. 25 in South Carolina.

WAITING FOR THE BUDGET

Awaiting Trump's funding wish list: Trump plans to release his budget request on Feb. 10, kicking off spending negotiations with Congress for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Once that fiscal 2021 wish list is bound into a big blue book, appropriators on Capitol Hill will start scheduling hearings to question top Trump administration officials about the funding needs of federal agencies.

 

Under the budget agreement signed last summer, H.R. 3877 (116), another $5 bill