Lights are set up for television crews in Statuary Hall in the Capitol ahead of President Donald Trump's delivery of the State of the Union on Feb. 5, 2019. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have until Friday to reach an agreement on funding a host of federal agencies through the rest of fiscal 2019 — or trigger another government shutdown.
The shutdown threat will loom over all congressional business this week, including a slate of defense budget posture hearings which will occur even though the president’s budget proposal won’t be officially released for another month.
Committees will also tackle the issue of military housing failures after a series of reports late last year chronicled deficiencies at privatized buildings where military families are living.
But that work could all come to an abrupt standstill if a short-term budget deal isn’t reached. Both the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have their full-year funding and would not be directly affected, but secondary effects from other agency shutdowns would repeat the same problems the public saw last month.
Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — G-50 Dirksen
Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Philip Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and
Gen. Robert Abrams, head of U.S. Forces Korea, will testify before
the committee on future challenges in their region.
House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn
Venezuela Elliott Abrams, U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela, will
testify before the committee on the current political and security
situation in that country.
House Appropriations — 11 a.m. — H-140 Capitol
Military service academies Superintendents from the three service academies will testify
before the committee on their upcoming priorities for the institutions.
House Appropriations — 11 a.m. — H-309 Capitol
Military housing Service officials will testify before the committee on recent
reports of poor upkeep of military housing and their needs for
the fiscal 2020.
Senate Armed Services — 2:30 p.m. — Visitors Center S-217
Closed briefing The committee will receive a classified briefing on U.S. Indo-Pacific
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — Visitors Center S-217
Closed briefing The committee will receive a classified briefing military cyber
House Veterans’ Affairs — 10 a.m. — 1334 Longworth
Organizational meeting The committee will formally adopt the new rules and membership
for the 116th Congress.
House Veterans’ Affairs — 10:30 a.m. — 1334 Longworth
VA’s future Department officials will testify before the committee on future
planning for VA programs and outreach.
House Armed Services — 2 p.m. — 2118 Rayburn
Military sexual assault
Superintendents from the three service academies will testify
before the committee on new data regarding sexual assaults at
House Appropriations — 2 p.m. — HT-2 Capitol
VA healthcare Department officials will testify before the committee on long-term
care issues at VA.
Senate Armed Services — 2 p.m. — G-50 Dirksen
Military housing Military families, landlords and housing officials will testify
before the committee on reports of problems with private housing
Thursday, Feb. 14
Senate Armed Services — 9:30 a.m. — 222 Russell
Military personnel The services’ top manpower officers and enlisted personnel will
testify before the committee on personnel needs for fiscal 2020.
House Appropriations — 10 a.m — HT-2 Capitol
VA Inspector General VA Inspector General Mike Missal will testify before the committee
on current VA operations.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.