Federal Relations

115th Congress


January 3, 2019

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…


December 19, 2018

CR Lasting Through Feb. 8 Unveiled

The Senate is currently working on a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government open through February 8 of next year.  Along with keeping the departments and agencies financed through the seven currently unsigned appropriations bill funded through February 8, the measure would also extend a number of other expiring or expired programs, such…


December 18, 2018

White House Backs Down on Shutdown Threat

It appears that the White House is backing away from President’s Trump threat to shut down parts of the government over funding for a Southern border wall.  Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said earlier today that there are other ways to get $5 billion for the wall. Although the White House has pulled back from shutdown…


December 7, 2018

Two-Week CR Signed

President Trump has signed into law a two-week continuing resolution (CR). The most recent CR pushes back the deadline for an agreement on the unsigned FY2019 spending bills to December 21.


December 6, 2018

Two-Week CR Expected Today

Congress is expected to take up today a two-week continuing resolution to keep the entire federal government operating through December 21. The negotiations between the different sides during this additional two-week window will determine what happens after the new shutdown deadline.


December 4, 2018

Two-Week Extension of Federal Funding Expected

Another continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded past midnight on Saturday was released yesterday. This version of the CR would keep the parts of the government funded by spending bills not yet signed into law for another two weeks, pushing the deadline to reach a deal to December 21. With the original…



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