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May 12, 2017

NIH Hearing from House Labor-H Appropriations Subcommittee

The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. in 2358-C Rayburn. The hearing will feature NIH Director Francis Collins, accompanied by five institute directors.   Oversight Hearing – Advances in Biomedical Research Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00 AM  Subcommittee…


May 1, 2017

FY 2017 Omnibus Released

At 2 am last night, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2017 Omnibus, which  comprises the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills, providing fresh spending instructions for nearly every corner of the federal government and formally appropriates more than $1 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2017, in keeping with the spending limits agreed…


April 12, 2017

OMB Releases Memo Outlining Agency Cuts, Lifts Hiring Freeze

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo (M-17-22) to agency heads directing federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year. This memo replaces the Presidential Memo freezing hiring (M-17-17), which was signed by the President on January 25th, which instituted a hiring freeze across all federal agencies. The OMB…


March 16, 2017

America First Budget Released

The Trump Administration released its first budget, called the American First Budget this morning. Coming in at 62 pages total, the “America First” budget blueprint is what is known as a “skinny budget” is somewhat scant on details. The budget’s main theme is doing more with less by eliminating “nonfunctioning” or duplicative programs and wasteful spending; streamlining federal…


March 10, 2017

Senate Repeals Teacher Education Regulations

Employing the same method used by the House in February, the Senate rolled back on Wednesday the regulations issued by the Education Department in the last days of the Obama Administration aimed at teacher education and training programs at institutions of higher education.


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 17, 2017

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

By a vote of 52 to 46, the Senate approved on Friday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.


February 14, 2017

More Movement Seen on Senior Administration Officials Front

Late Monday, recently appointed White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post. The resignation was prompted by what he shared with Vice President Pence about his call with the Russian ambassador to the United States almost immediately following the Presidential election in November. Flynn had reportedly told Pence that he did not…


January 28, 2017

Administration Issues Executive Actions on Immigration and More

The White House issued a series of executive actions late Friday. An Executive Order limiting immigration and suspending immigrant benefits of foreign nationals from certain countries. A Presidential Memorandum with a plan on how to defeat ISIS. A Presidential Memorandum reorganizing the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council. A Presidential Memorandum on rebuilding the US Armed…



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