Federal Relations

June 25, 2010

Senate Fails to Pass Extenders for the Third Time

On Thursday, Senate Democrats failed for a third time to pass a jobs and economic relief bill (tax extenders bill).  Republicans rejected the $100 billion-plus package, which included payments to states to cover for Medicaid costs and an extension of unemployment benefits.  This latest version of the bill reduced the original $24 billion in new

June 17, 2010

Energy & Climate Action Remains Uncertain

The Gulf oil spill continues to complicate negotiations on a legislative pathway for energy and climate legislation.  While many agree, including the President, that Congress must take action on an energy bill this year, several moderate senators remain unconvinced that a climate bill can garner the necessary votes in the Senate.  The Senate continues to

June 7, 2010

Congress Returns to Unfinished Business

Congress returns this week from its one-week Memorial Day recess with the Senate ready to take up the House-passed “extenders” bill, while the House determines their next move on the FY10 supplemental bill. Tax Extenders:  The tax extenders measure (HR 4213) under consideration in the Senate includes a number of important program authorities that expired

May 6, 2010

Update: Retirement, Budget, and Disaster Relief

The retirement of House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) will mark a change in the Democratic leadership of one of Congress’ most powerful committees.  Our own Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA) appears to be the lead candidate to replace Obey as the top Democrat on Appropriations in the next Congress.  Currently the second-ranking Democrat on the

April 29, 2010

Immigration Reform Framework Released

Despite the absence of any support from the minority party, which will be necessary to advance a bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and two of his colleagues — Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — have released a rough framework for comprehensive immigration reform. The outline serves as a starting point for public discussions

April 26, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, April 26-30

FLOOR ACTION ——————————— The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. today, and proceed to a period of morning business for one hour. Thereafter, the chamber will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the financial regulatory overhaul measure, S 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. A vote on the motion to invoke

March 10, 2010

Congressman Dicks Officially Selected to Chair Defense Appropriations

The House Democratic Caucus officially selected Norm Dicks (D-WA) to become chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday, filling the vacancy left by John P. Murtha who passed away in February. Congressman James Moran (D-VA) will replace Norm Dicks as chairman of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. Congressman Dicks will remain a member of the Interior

January 19, 2010

Energy and Climate Legislative Update

The US Senate returns to Capitol Hill this week to tackle a full agenda starting with a measure to increase the federal debt limit (HJ Res 45).  Likely amendments to the resolution include one by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to halt the EPA rulemaking based on the so-called endangerment finding announced last month.  The endangerment

December 2, 2009

Congressional Schedule

The Senate is off to a slow start on debating their health reform measure this week, which may force the Senate to return to DC the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day to wrap up work on a the bill. While no decisions have been made yet, Senate Leadership is warning members of the

October 26, 2009

Update from Washington, DC

The House and Senate continue to negotiate a health care reform bill, which has left some open time for both chambers to consider FY10 appropriations bills.  The first order of business this week will be to extend the current continuing resolution (CR) for most federal agencies since the current CR expires on Saturday, October 31st.

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