Update from Washington, DC

The congressional agenda this week will sound familiar to those who have been following the action:  Both chambers will focus on appropriations measures as the fiscal year winds down on September 30th, and Senate and House committees will continue to resolve differences on health care reform proposals. Appropriations Congress has until Wednesday night to pass… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

This week, lawmakers will attempt to clear the decks of routine legislative business on the floors of each chamber so that they can continue to give their full attention to how to move major aspects of Democrats’ signature priorities: healthcare reform and climate change legislation. The House will take up a bill to overhaul the… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

Congress returns to work this week after a fractious August recess during which lawmakers were confronted about the public health insurance option and other contentious elements in Democratic health reform bills.  Policy experts already are identifying less controversial proposals that could attract support from moderate Democrats and even some Republicans. Lawmakers hope to come up… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

After the historic vote to confirm US Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor – and add more funds to the popular “cash for clunkers” program – the Senate went into their August recess period.  The House recessed last week and both will return after Labor Day.  To date, only four of the twelve FY2010 appropriations bills… Read More


Senate Approves FY10 Agriculture Spending Bill

The Senate approved their Agriculture spending bill yesterday – the fourth fiscal 2010 spending bill passed by the Senate.  Informal work to begin reconciling the four spending bills passed by both chambers is expected to occur over the August break so that conference reports can be considered in September.  Before leaving last week for its… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

With the House gone for its August recess, the Senate will turn its attention this week to passing one more spending bill, replenishing the popular Cash for Clunkers program, and confirming President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, all with the aim to leave town Friday until after Labor Day. APPROPRIATIONS As… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

Congress started off this week with the goal of advancing health care reform financing options in preparation for an overall vote on reform measures before their August recess.  By the end of the week, however, it became clear to House and Senate leaders – as well as the President – that they would not meet… Read More


Update from Washington, DC

In two short weeks, Members of Congress will flee Washington, DC and return to their home states for a 5-week summer break.  The Senate will work one week longer, starting their summer recess period on August 7th.  Both the House and the Senate have set lofty goals for the next two (or three) weeks, which… Read More


WA Members Participate in Baseball Game for Charity

On a rainy Wednesday evening in the nation’s capital, Members of Congress took the field at Nationals Park for the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Democrats faced off against Republicans in a battle no less spirited than is typically seen on the Hill. Heading into the game, Republicans held an impressive 33-14 win-loss record. However,… Read More


Rep. McMorris Rodgers Possible Ranking Member on Education and Labor

**UPDATE** The new Ranking Member on Education and Labor is John Kline (R-MN). Earlier this week, it was announced that Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon (R-CA), the Ranking Member on the House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, is leaving the panel to take the same position on the House Armed Services Committee. McKeon’s departure… Read More