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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…

December 2, 2016

Foxx to be Chair of House Education and Workforce Cmte, Trump’s Ed Landing Team

With approval of the full Republican conference, the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress.  She grew up in Appalachia without power and running water and began working as a weaver at age 12 to help…

November 17, 2016

Congress Goes for a Short-Term CR

House and Senate Leadership have decided to forego the Omnibus or minibus appropriations for FY 2017 and pass a short-term CR. The CR will last until March 31, 2017.  The CR will be crafted to maintain the current rate of funding. More details will be reported when more is known. Read the House Appropriations Committee…

November 14, 2016

New Member Orientation and the Perils of Lame Duck

After a bruising election, House and Senate are both back in session today to figure out how (and what) to move forward in the Lame Duck. The overall priority will be to find a way to fund the government into next year. Also on the agenda are a series of bills including the National Defense Authorization Act…

Trump Chief of Staff and Senior Strategist Named

Reince Prebus and Steve Bannon have been named to key leadership positions in the West Wing for the Trump Administration. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will serve as Trump’s White House chief of staff. Priebus has a long relationship with fellow Wisconsin Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan. At just 44, Priebus is already among the…

November 11, 2016

Pence to Head Transition

Today, President Elect Trump named his Vice President- Elect Mike Pence as the new head of the transition team with strong input from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Previously, the transition team was headed by long-time Trump supporter, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). The transition team is responsible for filling over 4000 positions within the new Administration,…

November 10, 2016

Trump Agenda?

President-elect Donald Trump (PEOTUS) met with President Barack Obama this morning in the Oval Office at the White House (in what may be the most interesting meeting there in a long while). Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence also met with House Speaker Paul Ryan after the White House meeting, and Pence met with Vice President Joe Biden, too….

November 9, 2016

The 45th President of the United States Donald Trump

Almost every DC pollster and expert thought that Clinton would win. They were all wrong. They were also wrong about the Senate. In the 115th Congress, Republicans will control the White House, the Senate, and the House. Last night, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. While a few states remain…

October 3, 2016

Welcome Back SCOTUS!

With the first Monday in October, we welcome back the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). By law, the first Monday in October is when the court commences its term, which will run until October of the following year, but in practice the term ends between June or July.  As the term commences, we learn which cases…

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