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January 20, 2017

Mattis Confirmed as SECDEF

Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, the Senate on Friday confirmed two of his national security cabinet nominees. The Senate confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon as Defense Secretary. A four-star general who retired in 2013, Mattis required a waiver to take the top Pentagon job since he hasn’t…

Trump’s First Executive Actions

True to his word, President Trump has issued an Executive Order (EO) impacting the ACA. First, Trump signed a broad EO giving all federal agencies wide latitude to change, delay or waive provisions of the law that they deemed overly costly for insurers, drug makers, doctors, patients or states. The order also directs agencies to…

45th President of the US Sworn In

Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. NPR has his annotated remarks as does The New York Times.  

January 19, 2017

“Please Stay”

In a transition press briefing today, Trump Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, announced that Trump has asked 50 current Obama Administration officials to stay in their current positions with the new Administration to help with the Transition. While the full list is not yet know, individuals who have been asked to stay are: Michelle Lee, Director…

Trump Transition Previews Budget

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy. The proposal takes directly from the Heritage Foundation’s FY 2017 budget blueprint and the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) FY 2017 Budget Proposal. While the annual President’s…

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


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…

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