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January 17, 2017

Inauguration, Confirmation Hearings, Oh My!

The House and Senate are back from the long weekend recognizing the late Civil Rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and already Congress is at work — though arguably the politics didn’t stop this weekend. The Senate is gearing up for a second round of fights over President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees as Republicans…


January 12, 2017

House Takes Up Bill to Change Rule-Making Process

Earlier this week, the House took and passed H.R. 5, a bill intended to change the federal rule-making process. Among other things, the bill would codify agency requirements on considering the costs and benefits of a proposed rule as well as alternatives. It would also add more steps for federal agencies to follow when considering…


Senate Passes Budget with ACA Repeal Instructions

Early Thursday morning, Senators voted 51-48 to adopt the FY2017 budget resolution, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) casting the only Republican vote against it. With just 51 votes, the Senate moves forward with plans to repeal the ACA while avoiding a filibuster from Senate Democrats. Ultimately, the Senate considered 19 amendments before the final vote — and stymied…


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 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…


Exit Memo

 President Obama asked each member of his Cabinet to write an Exit Memo on the progress made, their vision for the country’s future, and the work that remains in order to achieve that vision. You can read President Obama’s cover letter to the American people here.  OSTP’s exit memo here and can check out all…


January 4, 2017

ACA Repeal

Health care, taxes, and a regulatory reform will dominate the Hill during Trump’s first 100 days in office, and the partisan maneuvering begins today. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence headed to Capitol Hill to discuss the health care law this morning. Obama’s goal is to rally Democrats. Vice President-elect Pence met with the Republican…


January 3, 2017

Welcome to the 115th Congress

Happy New Year and Happy Swearing In Day! Congress is back today to usher in the 115th Congress and the inauguration is in 17 days. First things first.  Both the full House and new members of the Senate were sworn in today initiating the 115th Congress. With the Republican party in charge of both chambers and President-elect Donald…


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 6, 2016

CR to be Unveiled Today

The House Leadership has announce that it will release the long-anticipated and negotiated continuing resolution (CR) today. The CR is not expected to have many anomalies and should be level funding from FY 2016 levels.  While there has been much negotiation between an end date in March 2017 or an end date in May 2017,…



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