Federal Relations

January 21, 2013

Inauguration Day in DC

Earlier today, Barack H. Obama was sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.  During his inaugural speech, the President called for action on climate change, gay rights, immigration, and the nation’s partisan divide. The President also made the case that the nation needs to come together to do

January 18, 2013

House GOP Proposes 3-Month Debt Limit Deal

Earlier today, House Republicans announced a plan to condition a three-month increase in the debt limit on the Senate committing to pass a budget by the April 15th statutory deadline.  As a consequence of not meeting that statutory deadline, the House GOP proposal would withhold congressional members pay.  The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage

January 14, 2013

This Week in DC

Washington, DC is gearing up for the Presidential Inauguration, scheduled to take place on Monday, January 21st (MLK Day). The Senate will remain in recess until then (they were in recess last week as well), while the House is in session today through Wednesday. The big issues facing this new Congress continue to be fiscal

January 7, 2013

Kilmer Named to House Science & Technology Committee

Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-6th) has been named to the House Science, Space & Technology Committee.  The Committee has jurisdiction over all energy research, development, and demonstration, and all federalland all federally owned or operated non-military energy laboratories; astronautical research and development; civil aviation research and development; environmental research and development; marine research; commercial application of energy

January 4, 2013

Ag Committee for DelBene

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) has received her second committee assignment for the 113th Congress and will be serving on the House Agriculture Committee. The committee tackles a wide variety of issues ranging from agricultural research and development, rural economic development, crop insurance, food safety, international trade, and commodities regulation. Read more…

Today in Congress

Yesterday marked the first day of the 113th Congress. For the 84 freshmen members, including Suzan DelBene (D-1st), Derek Kilmer (D-6th), and Denny Heck (D-10th), the real work starts (even though DelBene is a 6-week veteran as she filled the remaining term in Jay Inslee’s old seat). They join Congress at a time when the

January 3, 2013

WELCOME 113TH CONGRESS

The 113th Congress will be sworn in at noon today but will take no break from fighting over fiscal priorities with the opening weeks and months likely to be dominated by partisan fights over the size of a multibillion-dollar disaster aid package (Super Storm Sandy relief package), how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling before

January 1, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Averted

Early this morning, the Senate rang in the New Year by approving legislation to avert the economic impacts of the fiscal cliff. The bipartisan agreement makes changes to tax policy by allowing for the first income tax rate increase in nearly two decades and also delays the sequester by offering $24 billion in other spending

December 27, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Update

The Senate reconvenes today and will make a last attempt to legislate before large automatic tax increases and spending cuts take effect on January 1st. The House is scheduled to meet only in a pro forma session after Republican leaders said the Senate would need to act first to produce a legislative solution after their

December 21, 2012

Committee Assignments for New WA State Members

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday announced that the Democratic Caucus approved a series of appointments of new and returning Members of Congress to House committee seats in the 113th Congress.  The newest members of the Washington State Delegation received favorable committee assignments, as follows. Armed Services – Congressman-elect Derek Kilmer The House Armed Services committee

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