Federal Relations

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January 29, 2018

Pres. Trump to Deliver SOTU Tomorrow

In an address before Congress tomorrow, President Trump is scheduled to deliver his first official State of the Union speech.  In his remarks, he expected to raise, among other issues, immigration, infrastructure, and the economy. The Administration released its framework on immigration last week.  A document that is purported to be a leaked copy of the Administration’s thinking on infrastructure…

January 19, 2018

Shut Down Likely

At midnight tonight, the Continuing Resolution passed in December 2017 will expire. Presently, it does not look like Congress will be able to agree on a short or long term funding solution, and a shutdown is highly likely. Agencies are circulating memos advising staff how to proceed in the high likelihood there is a shutdown…

December 22, 2017

Funding Crisis Averted, Tax Bill is Signed Today

both chambers of Congress passed yet another FY2018 continuing resolution this evening, the House by a vote of 231-188 and the Senate by a vote of 66-32.  This most recent CR would keep the government running through 19 January, and has been sent to the president for his signature, just a day before the current…

December 19, 2017

Final Tax Bill Passed by House

Earlier this afternoon, the House cleared by a vote of 227 to 203 the final version of the tax reform legislation.  H. R. 1 is now headed to the Senate. In the end, 12 Republicans joined 191 Democrats in opposing the bill.

December 4, 2017

House Moves to Go to Conference This Week

Tonight, the House is expected to pass a motion to go to conference on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate version of the measure was passed late Friday. The Senate is expected to follow suit, and the full list of conferees is expected shortly.

Senate Approves Its Tax Bill; Conference Awaits

Early Saturday morning, the Senate approved by a vote of 51 to 49 its version of the tax overhaul bill.  In the end, Bob Corker (R-TN) was the only Republican to join all Democrats in opposing the legislation. The Senate leadership was making last-minute changes to the bill to win over a number of possible…

December 1, 2017

Senate Continues to Work on Tax Bill

The Senate continues to work on its version of the tax bill. With a number of Republican Senators raising concerns about a host of issues with the bill, the Republican leadership has tried to address them throughout this week.  Late yesterday, the chamber was informed by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Tax that the bill…

November 28, 2017

Tax Bill Reported Out by Senate Committee

By a party line vote of 12 to 11, the Senate Budget Committee reported out earlier this afternoon a legislative package that combines a tax bill and a measure that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. Although the bill was approved by the committee, whether it has enough votes to pass the…

November 27, 2017

Congress Returns to Face a Full Plate

Both chambers of Congress return to DC this week after their Thanksgiving recess last week and face a long “to-do” list. The Senate is currently expected to bring up its version of a tax bill this week and there is still uncertainty about its fate.  President Trump and the Congressional Republicans have set out the…

November 16, 2017

House Passes Tax Bill; Senate Action Awaits

Earlier this afternoon, the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 to 205. A total of 13 Republicans joined every Democrat in opposing the bill. Even as the House was considering its bill on the floor, the Senate Finance Committee has been debating its version of the measure since…

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