Federal Relations

January 16, 2019

House Democrats Announce Appropriations Subcommittee Membership

Today the House Democrats announced subcommittee membership for the House Appropriations Committee. Of note, Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will serve on the Defense, Energy-Water, and Interior-Environment subcommittees. The full list is below. Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Sanford Bishop Jr. (GA) – Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT) Chellie Pingree (ME) Mark…


January 14, 2019

No End in Sight as Partial Shutdown Hits 24th Day

With the partial shutdown now in its 24th day, making it the longest shutdown in history by far, there is still no in sight.  The two sides– the White House and the Congressional Democrats– have dug in their heels and no other meetings have been scheduled. It was widely reported last week that a sizable number…


January 11, 2019

As Shutdown Reaches 21 Days, National Emergency Declaration Being Considered

As the partial government reaches its 21st day, matching the longest shutdown, there is still no compromise between the White House and Congressional Democrats in sight.  With that as the current situation, President Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he has the legal authority to declare a “national emergency” to build a physical barrier…


January 4, 2019

With Pelosi as Speaker, New House Seeks to Open Government

As expected, the 116th House of Representatives elected yesterday Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the new Speaker of the House. She returns to the past that she once held. Also as expected, the Democratically-controlled House a package of measures that would reopen the government: the first combined six of the seven unsigned appropriations bills and would…


January 3, 2019

116th Congress Comes to Town

The transition from the 115th Congress to the 116th Congress takes place later today. In the Senate, Republicans will remain in control, with a 53 to 47 advantage, and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will continue to serve as the Majority Leader and Charles Schumer (D-NY) will retain the position of Minority Leader. On the other side…


OSTP Director Confirmed

As a part of a larger package of nominations, the Senate confirmed last night Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  OSTP is the office that is responsible for coordinating science and technology policy government-wide. The nomination of Droegemeier, who is well-known in the science and…


January 2, 2019

As White House and Hill Leaders Meet on Day 12 of Partial Shutdown, House Dems Unveil Plan to Reopen Government

Congressional leaders from both chambers and both sides of the aisle are headed to the White House today for a briefing on border security.  This is the first such bipartisan meeting to take place since the start of the partial shutdown on Saturday, December 22.  At this point, it remains to be seen whether the…


December 27, 2018

Shutdown to Last Until First Part of 2019?

With no votes scheduled in either chamber of Congress for the rest of this week and the President more than once reiterating his push for a border wall, it seems unlikely that anything will occur on the shutdown front until the first part of January at the earliest.  House Democrats have publicly stated that they…


December 26, 2018

Shutdown Hits 5 Days

The partial government shutdown is now in its fifth day.  With the Senate out until Thursday and the two sides still far apart in their negotiations, it is very possible that the shutdown could last until after New Year’s Day.  Democrats are scheduled to take over the control of the House on January 3. Read…


December 21, 2018

How Long Will It Last?

With President Trump renewing his vow to shut down the government over wall funding, the question now, at least in the short term, seems to be, “How long will it last?” Earlier this week, after the Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government through February 8, it appeared that the President…


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