March Policy Issues Preview

March 2, 2020

QUICK FIX

— Race to a mini trade deal with the EU: The U.S. and EU face a self-imposed deadline of March 18 to strike a truce in a transatlantic trade war. The Trump administration has put off until that date a tariff hike on European planes in a long-running dispute over European subsidies for Airbus. EU trade chief Phil Hogan, who will be in Washington that week ahead of the deadline, has said he wants to reach a mini trade deal with the U.S. before then. European officials expect a deal could involve the EU offering concessions on some farm goods and conformity and industrial standards, while the EU wants to see the U.S. drop tariffs on EU farm exports and commit that it won't impose tariffs on car imports.

 

— Super Tuesday: Six candidates remain in the Democratic presidential field, and the states that vote Tuesday could further winnow the numbers. Read up on where they stand on key policy issues.

BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS

Spending season begins: A new spending season kicks off this month as dozens of agency officials and Cabinet secretaries march to Capitol Hill to testify on their funding needs for fiscal 2021, now just seven months away.

 

In theory, funding the government should be easier this time since spending caps have already been signed into law, limiting military funding to $740.5 billion and non-defense funding to $634.5 billion. But the budget request President Donald Trump sen