Federal Relations

March 23, 2017

No Healthcare Vote on Thursday

After another day of intense back-and-forth among House Republicans, there still are not enough votes to secure passage of the current version of the healthcare repeal legislation. As a result, the House leadership has postponed the floor vote scheduled for tonight.  Some reports are indicating that the vote could take place tomorrow morning, after further negotiations.


Drama Continues in Congress

With the full House currently scheduled to take up the Obamacare repeal-and-replace healthcare bill later today, as of this writing, it still remains uncertain as to whether the White House and the House Republican leadership have been able to convince enough holdouts to get the legislation across the finish line. Many sources report that negotiations…


March 22, 2017

NASA Transition Authorization Bill Signed Into Law

Earlier today, the NASA Transition Authorization of 2017 was signed into law by President Trump. The bipartisan bill was adopted unanimously in both chambers of Congress. Historically, different presidential Administrations have sought to emphasize different areas of the agency’s broad mission and expertise, and the legislation was an attempt, in part, to provide stability for…


March 21, 2017

House Republican Leadership Proposes Changes to Healthcare Legislation

Last evening, the Republican leadership in the House proposed a number of changes to the committee-passed healthcare legislation. The changes have been offered as proposed amendments (see here) and will still need to be formally adopted to become part of the official legislative package. The proposed changes were offered to garner enough support from among the…


March 20, 2017

FBI: No Wiretaps

During a public hearing that lasted most of the day before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey stated publicly neither the FBI nor the broader Justice Department have any evidence to confirm the Trump White House allegation that Trump was wiretapped. At the same hearing, Comey also publicly acknowledged that the FBI has…


This Week in Congress, March 13-17

It’s a busy week on the Hill! Here is a selection of committee hearings taking place this week.   Monday, March 20   House Rules HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION 5 p.m. March 20, H-313, U.S. Capitol Full Committee Business Meeting   House Select Intelligence RUSSIAN ELECTION TAMPERING 10 a.m. March 20, 1100 Longworth Bldg. Full…


A Big Week in Congress

The first day of Spring today is the start of a big week in Congress. Activities of interest this week include, but are not limited to: • The confirmation hearing for United States Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to start today, with opening statements. Members of the committee…


March 17, 2017

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

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Trump Budget – The President’s first budget request came out this week, and there’s a lot in there. The Washington Post has an overview. Also, WaPo has an article about how Congressional Republicans aren’t so wild about the proposal. Read more in The…


March 16, 2017

America First Budget Released

The Trump Administration released its first budget, called the American First Budget this morning. Coming in at 62 pages total, the “America First” budget blueprint is what is known as a “skinny budget” is somewhat scant on details. The budget’s main theme is doing more with less by eliminating “nonfunctioning” or duplicative programs and wasteful spending; streamlining federal…


Trump Requests Additional Funding for FY2017

Today, the Administration sent a supplemental appropriations request to Congress asking for an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for…


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