Federal Relations

March 3, 2015

DHS Funding Passes House

Today, the House passed the FY2015 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In what has been a protracted standoff between the House, the Senate and the Administration, the House passed a clean bill, meaning it was free of any policy riders on immigration that the House GOP had previously attached to similar measures.

February 24, 2015

New Plan for Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

For the fourth time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was unable evening to call up a $39.7 billion House-passed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill on Monday evening amid united Democratic opposition to provisions blocking recent executive action on immigration riders. Following the failure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to consider a standalone bill narrowly targeting

February 17, 2015

Snow Day!

SNOW DAY! The federal government is closed today as DC deals with a storm that has impacted the east coast from Atlanta to Boston. Winter storm warnings were in effect for 17 states, and the District remains under a warning until noon today. The Washington, DC metro area is expected to enjoy a balmy 32 degree

February 4, 2015

Senate Fails to Pass Homeland Security Spending Bill

The Senate failed to evoke cloture and pass the Department of Homeland Security spending bill for FY15. In an ironic twist, Senate Democrats used procedural maneuvers they so railed against in previous congressed to block the measure from moving forward. The 46 Senate Democrats banded together to block the bill from coming to the Senate floor for

January 16, 2015

Senate Introduces Two Immigration Bills

Two bills focusing on immigration were introduced today in the Senate, the Startup Act and the I-Squared bill. Both are designed to address STEM and high tech needs to encourage high-skilled immigrants remain in the US. The Start Up Act Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Mark Warner (D-VA) reintroduced the Startup Act today. The bill, which has

January 15, 2015

House Passes DHS Appropriations and Raises Immigration Stakes

The House adjourned yesterday for the annual Republican retreat. But before they left, the House took steps to block major provisions of the president’s immigration policy announced in November of 2014. As an amendment to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY15, the House passed a series of amendments effectively blocking Obama’s executive action to shield millions

December 10, 2014

FY15 Appropriations Released

Last night, House and Senate Appropriators unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending package that is a combination of all but one of the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) appropriations bills rolled into an omnibus for the remainder for FY15, plus a continuing resolution (CR) funding the Department of Homeland Security through February 2015. The FY15 appropriations package, dubbed

December 9, 2014

This Week in Congress

With the current continuing resolution set to expire on Thursday, December 11, all eyes and ears are on House and Senate negotiators as they work toward an agreement on an omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year.   Here are the committee hearings we’re paying attention

December 5, 2014

House Narrowly Passes Immigration Response

In a fairly narrow and mostly party line vote, the House passed a measure disapproving of Obama’s immigration action yesterday. It likely stops there: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won’t take it up.  Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) has lead the effort in the House meant to channel conservative anger and stop the Administration’s

November 21, 2014

Obama Takes Action on Immigration

President Obama has announced during a prime-time television address on Thursday evening that he will take executive action on immigration. The sweeping actions aim to shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and will grant work permits to some. A new program will allow the parents of US citizens and permanent residents

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