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April 24, 2017

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 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…


April 3, 2017

This week in Congress, April 3-7

Here is a selection of committee meetings happening this week.   Tuesday, April 4   Senate Appropriations NATIONAL WATER HAZARDS AND VULNERABILITIES April 4, 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Armed Services CYBER THREATS TO THE U.S. April 4, 2:30 p.m., SVC-217, U.S. Capitol Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Energy & Natural Resources…


March 15, 2017

Health Care Keeps Moving, Senate Moves on Confirmations

The House will keep moving on health care reform as the Capitol recovers from snow Monday night. While GOP leaders quickly dismissed the CBO’s report on the replacement bill released late Monday as either incomplete or inaccurate, Democrats held the report as evidence that repeal the law should be stopped. The House appears to be moving…


March 14, 2017

House Budget Markup of AHCA Delayed

Happy Pi Day! DC is under snow, and the House Budget Committee has delayed its markup of the ACA replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), until Thursday morning. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited score of the AHCA yesterday, which said that 14 million would lose coverage…


March 9, 2017

Mark Up Still Going

The House Ways and Means (W&M) Committee finished their portion of the Republican ACA repeal measure around 4:30 am this morning. The Committee approved their marked up draft by a vote of  23-16. The panel worked through the night, with Republicans overcoming Democratic protests that the process was rushed and the bill would force Americans to…


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 16, 2017

Gorsuch’s Confirmation Process Starts March 20

Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch have been scheduled to begin March 20. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is expected to last three to four days. Questioning of the Judge Gorsuch will begin on March 21. Senators will hear testimony from outside experts as well as the nominee.


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…


January 31, 2017

DeVos Approved by HELP

The Senate HELP Committee just voted to advance the nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. The committee vote was 12-11, which is along party lines. Two Republicans, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), said that they voted to advance DeVos’ nomination out of committee but still had concerns about her nomination and remained undecided on…



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