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January 23, 2017

Trump Issues Memos on TPP, Federal Hiring Freeze, and US Foreign Aid

President Donald Trump signed three presidential memos on Monday freezing federal hiring, withdrawing the US from the TPP, and banning US foreign aid from performing or promoting abortions. First, President Donald Trump moved Monday to make good on a campaign promise to shrink the size of the federal government, issuing a memo to freeze federal…

More Confirmation Hearings, Republican Retreat

It’s a busy short week for Congress. House and Senate Republicans head to Philadelphia this week to begin sorting out fiscal priorities for the coming year in the party’s annual retreat.  The retreat should lay out the first 100 days game plan for the Administration and Congressional Republicans and could lay the groundwork for setting fiscal…

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…

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…

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…

Exit Memo

 President Obama asked each member of his Cabinet to write an Exit Memo on the progress made, their vision for the country’s future, and the work that remains in order to achieve that vision. You can read President Obama’s cover letter to the American people here.  OSTP’s exit memo here and can check out all…

January 4, 2017

ACA Repeal

Health care, taxes, and a regulatory reform will dominate the Hill during Trump’s first 100 days in office, and the partisan maneuvering begins today. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence headed to Capitol Hill to discuss the health care law this morning. Obama’s goal is to rally Democrats. Vice President-elect Pence met with the Republican…

January 3, 2017

Welcome to the 115th Congress

Happy New Year and Happy Swearing In Day! Congress is back today to usher in the 115th Congress and the inauguration is in 17 days. First things first.  Both the full House and new members of the Senate were sworn in today initiating the 115th Congress. With the Republican party in charge of both chambers and President-elect Donald…

December 10, 2016

CR Passes, Happy Holidays!

In a late Friday night vote, the Senate passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through April 28, 2017 by a vote of 62-34. The House passed the measure earlier in the week, and with the Senate’s passage, a government shutdown has been averted. There was much uncertainty thrown into the CR at…

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