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February 15, 2018

Immigration Stalled Again

The Senate on Thursday effectively failed to move forward with any of four immigration proposals put forward today. This included a Republican proposal backed by President Donald Trump that would grant 1.8 million “Dreamers” a path to citizenship and provide $25 billion for a border wall and security improvements. The action came on a 39-60 vote…

February 14, 2018

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Testifies in Congress

Today Dr. Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and UW Professor of Computer Science, was invited by the subcommittee chair to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology in the first of two committee meetings slated to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. Dr. Etzioni was…

February 12, 2018

Administration’s FY 2019 Federal Budget

The President’s Budget Request (PBR) for FY2019 was released this morning. The Administration’s efforts for the coming fiscal year included a continued focus on regulatory reform and reduction and investment in infrastructure. Entitled, “Efficient, Effective, Accountable, and American Budget”, highlights of the FY2019 PBR include: increased funding for border security ($18 billion to fund the border wall…

January 22, 2018

House Passes CR, Trump Signs It

The House has passed and President Trump has signed the CR passed earlier today by the Senate. The federal government is back open and expected to operate normally tomorrow.

January 21, 2018

Monday Noon

The Senate has scheduled a vote on a CR to reopen the government for Monday at noon. The CR will reportedly be the same as the previous CR, funding CHIP and eliminating the Cadillac tax, but it will not address DACA or Dreamers. To clarify, negotiations remain ongoing, and this is not a deal. Rather, it…

January 20, 2018

Shut Down

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a procedural vote, known as a cloture vote, to end debate and move on to voting with the the four-week continuing resolution (CR) that the House passed earlier this week. After holding the vote open for over an hour, the measure failed to receive the 60 votes needed…

January 19, 2018

CR Stymied in Senate

After the House passage of the four-week CR, the Senate then voted to begin deliberations. However,  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to lack the 60 votes required to send the CR to President Trump for his signature. There are 51 Republican Senators and several Republican Senators have announced they would not vote for the House-passed measure….

January 18, 2018

House Passes CR

The House voted 230 – 197 to approve a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through February 16 and renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. It does not include any immigration provisions to address DACA, Dreamers, or the border. The measure goes on to the Senate.

January 3, 2018

Two New Senators To Be Sworn In Today

After they get sworn in today, the Senate will have two new members. Doug Jones (D-AL), who beat Roy Moore in a chaotic race to replace Luther Strange, who was appointed to Jeff Sessions’ seat when he became Attorney General, will join the chamber as one of its newest members. He will join the Senate…

December 19, 2017

House Releases $81 Billion Supplemental

Totaling $81 billion, the supplemental spending bill (HR 4667) released Monday evening is $37 billion more than the $44 billion the Trump Administration requested in mid-November. As supplemental appropriations, the money is designated as emergency spending, which does not require offsets under congressional budget rules. The White House included a list of offsets, which can be found…

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