Federal Relations

February 17, 2017

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

By a vote of 52 to 46, the Senate approved on Friday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

What We’re Reading This Week, February 13 – 17

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Roll It Back – President Trump has embarked on the most aggressive campaign against government regulation since President Reagan. Use of the Congressional Review Act is the first means the Administration is using to remove existing regulations. Read more in The Washington Post. …

February 16, 2017

Trump Announces New Labor Secretary Pick

Today President Trump announced his new pick to head up the Department of Labor. Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, is his new pick for labor secretary. The announcement comes one day after Trumps initial pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination for the position. Senate Republicans…

Mulvaney Confirmed as Head of OMB

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Democrats in opposing Mulvaney’s nomination.

Gorsuch’s Confirmation Process Starts March 20

Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch have been scheduled to begin March 20. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is expected to last three to four days. Questioning of the Judge Gorsuch will begin on March 21. Senators will hear testimony from outside experts as well as the nominee.

February 15, 2017

Puzder Out

Nominee for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw his nomination shortly. Given recent developments on Puzder’s record (both professional and private) and recent issues with other Trump advisors, Republican support for the nominee has weakened. His hearing, set for this week, is expected to be cancelled, and his official resignation is expected shortly.

Mulvaney Moves Forward

By a vote of  52-48, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s nominee for OMB Director, has cleared a procedural vote. This move would allow a final vote on Mulvaney Thursday evening.

February 14, 2017

More Movement Seen on Senior Administration Officials Front

Late Monday, recently appointed White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post. The resignation was prompted by what he shared with Vice President Pence about his call with the Russian ambassador to the United States almost immediately following the Presidential election in November. Flynn had reportedly told Pence that he did not…

February 13, 2017

This Week in Congress, Feb. 13-17

Here is a selection of committee hearings that are taking place this week.   U.S. Senate   Senate Environment & Public Works ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT MODERNIZATION Feb. 15, 10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   Senate Appropriations MENTAL HEALTH CARE Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Commerce, Science…

More Cabinet Positions, House Works on Reg Repeal

Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, will get a vote around 7 p.m. tonight in what’s become a drawn-out process in the Senate. Following the final vote on Mnunchin  there will a procedural vote on on David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Mnunchin is expected to pass and once he does the Treasury Secretary…

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