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May 10, 2016

Third Time Isn’t Charming for Senate E&W

In an expected turn of events, the Senate failed to invoke cloture last night. The Senate’s third attempt to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the substitute amendment for the FY 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill fell short. Senate Democrats have refused to support advancing the measure unless Republicans abandon a proposed amendment by Senator Tom Cotton…


May 9, 2016

Interesting Week Ahead

The House and Senate return to work this week, including former Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz. The Senate will try for the third time on Monday to advance its $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill, but there is no indication that leaders will find the 60 votes needed to break the logjam caused by…


April 18, 2016

Senate Moves Forward on Budget

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) filed a budget motion in the Senate today to establish discretionary spending topline numbers, known as 302(b)s for FY2017. The move allows appropriations work to begin in earnest as the Seante prepares to take up its Energy-Water measure (S 2804) this week. Enzi set the budget limits at $551 billion…


April 12, 2016

Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization Amendments

Last night, the Senate approved a number of amendments to the FAA reauthorization measure, including amendments that would provide a five-year extension of the unmanned aircraft system test site program and impose criminal penalties for unsafe operations of unmanned aircraft. The Senate reconvenes this morning and will resume consideration of the FAA reauthorization after morning…


March 14, 2016

Senate Confirms King

The Senate confirmed John King as Secretary of Education by a vote of 49-40.


February 16, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016 (SCOTUS Edition)

On Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of natural causes in a ranch in the Big Bend area of West Texas at Cibo Creek Ranch. He was 79. Having died in such a remote area, the declaring the justice dead, and disseminating the news of the his death, caused some some issue. Known for…


January 25, 2016

Snow Week

Congress has screeched to a halt this week as DC continues to be quagmired in snow by Snowzilla. A blizzard that blanketed the Northeast this weekend has disrupted the congressional calendar, with the House canceling all votes for the week and the Senate pushing its first vote to Wednesday evening. Congressional Democrats still plan on gather…


January 22, 2016

DC Paralyzed by Snow, Watch Live!!

The DC, Maryland and Virginia area has been preparing all week for ever increasing snow forecasts. Nothing scares the District more than weather. Check out the professional predictions of the Capitol’s impending doom at The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, or you can watch storm Jonas LIVE courtsey of Speaker Paul Ryan.    


January 13, 2016

Final Obama State of the Union

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama hit a range of topics, from climate change, curing cancer, reforming criminal sentencing, campaign finance reform, and Cuba. The President made a pointed appeal for congressional cooperation this year on only a handful of legislative matters. None were the sort of bold new proposals that would have…


January 12, 2016

State of the Union, Tonight

President Obama will address a joint session of Congress this evening in the annual State of the Union Address. It will be Obama’s seventh and final State of the Union address. Typically, the final address is used as a roadmap for the party and the presidential election to come (or already in full swing), and…



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