Federal Relations


January 5, 2017

Domestic Policy Council, Staff Announcements

Trump has announced his Domestic Policy Team. Andrew Bremberg, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council — Andrew Bremberg worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel…

December 7, 2016

CR Released, Should Pass This Week

The continuing resolution (CR) was released late last night. The text of the legislation is here. The big news is that the CR will fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. The legislation maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011, which results…

December 2, 2016

House Considers NDAA Today

The House will debate and vote on the compromise National Defense Authorization Act today, likely before noon. The measure is expected to pass, though it is unclear by how wide a margin. The White House hasn’t indicated where President Barack Obama will come down on the final bill, though it leaves out many of the…

November 10, 2016

Lame Duck Priorities

Congress is scheduled to return next week for a Lame Duck session of Congress and many items still remain on the 2016 agenda before Trump takes office, including wrapping up the 11 remaining FY 2017 spending bills and a 21st Century Cures bill that both Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan said was a priority for passage…

June 7, 2016

White House Issues Veto Threat of Senate’s NDAA

In a Statement of Administration Policy issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the White House issued a veto threat on the Senate NDAA and contends the legislation would “hinder” the administration from executing defense and foreign policy. “Specifically, the bill attempts to micromanage DoD by impeding the department’s ability to respond to changing…

May 26, 2016

Senate Approps Committee Approves FY2017 Defense and DHS

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday two FY2017 spending bills in a pair of 30-0 votes — one for Defense and the other for Homeland Security.  The draft Defense measure would provide $574.6 billion in discretionary funds, while the Homeland Security total would be $41.2 billion.

May 17, 2016

White House Threatens Veto for NDAA

The House is expected to consider HR 4904, the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, and last night, in advance of that consideration, the Administration issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) threatening to veto the measure. The White House objects to the NDAA saying the legislation for shifting billions in war funds to support…

November 19, 2015

House Pushes “Pause” on Syria Refugees

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to slap stringent — and difficult to implement — new screening procedures on refugees from Syria seeking resettlement, seizing on the fear stemming from the Paris attacks. The bill passed by a vote of 289 to 137 with nearly 50 Democrats in support even after Administration officials implored congressional Democrats to vote…

November 5, 2015

NDAA Passes in the House

Today the House voted 370-58 to pass the revised fiscal 2016 defense authorization measure (S 1356) under suspension of the rules, an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. A vote to override the president’s veto was slated for Thursday, but scrapped in favor of the new bill after House and Senate negotiators…

June 18, 2015

Senate Passes NDAA, but FY16 Defense Funding Stalls

The Senate passed the unusually contentious FY16 NDAA, by a vote of 71-25, today. The Senate had planned to move ahead to tackling Defense Appropriations on the Floor, but the measure failed to receive 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and proceed.  As a reminder, the President has issued a veto threat on the bill and Senate Democrats have promised to…

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