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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…


January 9, 2017

Vote-a-rama

It’s budget week on the Senate side (as well as confirmation week). The Senate is expected to start their all nighter on Wednesday. The Senate Democrats have vowed to take up all the debate time allotted (and more). The bare-bones budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 3, released last week includes instructions to relevant committees to draft legislation aimed at repealing…


January 6, 2017

Nomination Schedule

Politico has an excellent overview of the coming nominees for the incoming Administration’s cabinet positions. Week of Jan. 9 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  Nominee: Ben Carson Background: Retired neurosurgeon, former GOP primary rival Committee: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Confirmation Hearings: Sen. Mike Crapo is planning to hold a hearing next week…


December 14, 2016

Two Budgets Next Year

Congress will do two budget resolutions next year. The first will be aimed at the ACA early in the Congress and the second effort at reconciliation will be aimed at tax reform, which should be in the Spring. The first budget that House and Senate Republicans will unveil early next year will include reconciliation instructions to…



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