Federal Relations

November 15, 2018

Both Sides of Senate Keep Same Leadership Teams, House Republicans Elect New Leader

Both parties in the Senate yesterday largely re-elected the same leadership teams that were in place before the elections last week. As expected, the Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as Majority Leader.  John Cornyn of Texas, who had to step aside as Majority Whip because of party-imposed term limits on leadership positions, was…


November 13, 2018

Congress Reconvenes This Week

With a number of races still yet to be called, Congress reconvenes this week to try to wrap up unfinished business as well as vote on a number of leadership positions for next Congress.  In addition, the newly elected members arrive in town this week to begin their official orientation program, which is expected to…


November 12, 2018

New Democratic Chairs to Helm House Committees

As a result of the November elections, Democrats will assume the chairs of committees in the House when the new Congress convenes in 2019. At the macro level, we can expect the Democrats to hold oversight hearings on myriad issues and activities related to the Trump Administration with respect to both policies and politics.  Individually,…


November 7, 2018

Washington State Results

In Washington state, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA-05) defeated challenger Lisa Brown in a hotly contested race. Technically, two races are still outstanding this morning, but Rep. Jaime Herrera Beulter (R-WA-03) is expected to be re-elected and Dr. Kim Schier (D) is expected to be declared the winner over Dino Rossi to represent WA-08, which…


Fun Facts from the Election

Here are some fun factoids, that we know of, from last night’s election:  Three African-American candidates — Antonio Delgado (D-NY), Colin Allred (D-TX), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL) — defeated Republican incumbents in majority-white districts. Texas elected two Latina women, Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX), who are the first Latina congresswomen in the state….


Results…and Still Counting

There are still many races that are still too close to call this morning, which was expected. It happened in 2012, 2014 and 2016. It’s happened twice already this year. That said, many races have been called. The Democrats have 220 seats, exactly two more seats than needed for a majority and a gain of 27…


November 6, 2018

It’s Election Day!

Happy Election Day! In a much hyped and talked about mid-term election, Americans are going to the polls for some exciting local and national races. Will the Democrats win the House? How many new Members of Congress will Washington state have? Will the Republicans gain seats in the Senate? Will most of our nation’s governors…


October 12, 2018

Congress Now in Recess

Both chambers of Congress are now in recess.  Congress is scheduled to return after the elections in November to address a number of unresolved issues, including passing the remaining seven FY2019 appropriations bills.


October 1, 2018

He Did Sign It

Questions about whether he would actually shut down parts of the federal government were finally answered as President Trump signed on Friday the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending package that contained the continuing resolution that would  keep the other parts of the government funded through December 7. The new fiscal year, FY2019, starts today and there were…


September 28, 2018

No Deal on Spending Bills 6 – 9

The House and Senate appropriators negotiating on a four-bill spending package conceded yesterday that they will need to revisit the issue after the election.  This means that the programs and agencies funded by those four bills– Interior, Agriculture, Transportation and Housing, and financial services– will need to remain on autopilot, assuming that the president signs…


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