Federal Relations

April 27, 2017

Another Short-Term Funding Measure Unveiled

In order to buy more time for the two parties, the two chambers, and Congress and the White House to negotiate with each other on a spending package for the remainder of FY2017, Congressional leaders have unveiled a short-term measure that would keep the government funded for another week. Without an extension, the current funding…


April 26, 2017

Trump Tax Plan Released

The Trump Administration released its initial tax proposal. There are still lots of questions and items to be negotiated. The rollout came via a press conference held by Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn. The highlights are below. Personal Tax Reform For individuals, income tax rates would be set at 10%, 25%, and 35%;…


White House Rolls Back Shutdown Demands on Border Wall, Okays Subsidies

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and Hill look closer to a deal as the Trump Administration has backed down on demands for a downpayment on the border wall in FY 2017. The decision by Trump to postpone a battle over wall funding until the fall, if necessary, came as a victory for Democrats who…


April 24, 2017

This Week in Congress, April 24-28

Here is a selection of committee meetings happening this week.   TUESDAY, APRIL 25   Senate Judiciary INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INNOVATION April 25, 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing     WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26   Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation FREE ENTERPRISE IN SPACE April 26, 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing…


Shut Down Show Down?

Congress is back this week after a two week Passover/Easter Recess, and the first order of business is reaching some agreement to keep the government open beyond 12:01 am Saturday morning. Tensions over funding have risen during the recess as the Administration has begun a hard push for more defense money and a significant amount ($1.4…


April 20, 2017

Trump Signs “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

As promised, President Trump on Tuesday signed his “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, aimed partly at purported abuses in the H-1B visa program. The order reads, in part: (a)  In order to advance the policy outlined in section 2(b) of this order, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor,…


April 18, 2017

Trump Expected to Sign “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Today

Today President Trump is expected to sign an executive order titled, “Buy American, Hire American,” which we anticipate will call for a review of the H-1B program by DHS, DOJ, Labor and Commerce. The order is expected to end the H-1B lottery in its current form to make the program merit-based. Federal Relations will post…


April 12, 2017

OMB Director Mulvaney Pushing for Sanctuary City Language in FY2017

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney is pushing House lawmakers to include language in the FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill to restrict federal funding grants for cities that do not enforce federal immigration policies. The goal is to bring the House Freedom Caucus on board with a government funding bill. Such a provision, known as a rider, would put…


OMB Releases Memo Outlining Agency Cuts, Lifts Hiring Freeze

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo (M-17-22) to agency heads directing federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year. This memo replaces the Presidential Memo freezing hiring (M-17-17), which was signed by the President on January 25th, which instituted a hiring freeze across all federal agencies. The OMB…


April 10, 2017

Two Weeks of Recess

As Congress begins a two-week recess for Easter and Passover, the countdown clock begins toward a potential government shutdown. Lawmakers left town last Friday insisting there would be no government shutdown when the current stopgap measure funding the government expires on April 28. For several weeks, House and Senate appropriators have been slowly negotiating a…


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