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March 8, 2017

House Committees Mark Up ACA Repeal

Mark up for both the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) and House Ways and Means (W&M) committees will happen this morning beginning at 10:30 am. Both committees will consider the bills until they’re done and each committee is expecting around 100 amendments per committee. Highlights of the bill are below .  Watch the W&M hearing here. …


February 28, 2017

Trump to Address Congress Tonight, Senate Approves Ross, and Zinke Up

Last night, the Senate confirmed another Cabinet nominee for Trump as it voted 72-27 to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary. Ross is a 79-year-old businessman who made his fortune by turning around companies in distressed industries like textiles and steel and is expected to play a leading role in trade policy. The Senate now…


February 27, 2017

An Increase of $54 Billion for Defense and Corresponding Cuts to Non-Defense Programs Sought

In its initial proposal outlining the Administration’s budget goals for FY2018, the White House is seeking an increase of $54 billion to $603 billion overall for defense programs. To maintain the overall topline budget number, the Administration is seeking offsets in non-defense related programs. Federal Relations continues to monitor developments on this front.


Administration Budget Proposal to Call for Increase in Defense, Cuts to Domestic Programs

The Trump White House will send today to the federal agencies its draft FY2018 budget proposal that will seek increases for defense and veterans’ programs while looking to cut domestic programs. The proposal being shared with the agencies today will only address the discretionary programs — those that must be funded through the annual appropriations process—and…


February 21, 2017

Trump Aims to Release FY18 Budget Outline in Mid-March

The Trump Administration is aiming to release its FY 2018 budget outline on March 14, an unnamed White House official told CQ over the weekend. The budget outline is not expected to be a comprehensive budget, but instead a “skinny” skeleton of what the Administration intends the full budget to look like. Some are expressing…


February 16, 2017

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.


February 15, 2017

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 6, 2017

More Cabinet Posts, FY 2018 Budget Update

It will continue to be a busy week for the House and Senate. Today, the Senate will continue to work on confirmations as four Cabinet positions – Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of HHS, and Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of Treasury  – are up for full Senate consideration this…


February 2, 2017

More Nominations Move Forward

The Senate continues to make progress on more Trump Cabinet nominees. Both the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Budget committees voted to move forward the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to head the Office of Management and Budget on party-line votes. In the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the majority used…


February 1, 2017

Pentagon to Revise FY2017 Budget Request

The Department of Defense is preparing changes to its budget request for this current fiscal year (FY2017). In a memo, Secretary Mattis states that the department will seek changes to its original request, to address shortfalls in warfighting readiness and the accelerated campaign against ISIS. The new request will lead to a higher overall request…



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