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April 18, 2017

Trump Expected to Sign “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Today

Today President Trump is expected to sign an executive order titled, “Buy American, Hire American,” which we anticipate will call for a review of the H-1B program by DHS, DOJ, Labor and Commerce. The order is expected to end the H-1B lottery in its current form to make the program merit-based. Federal Relations will post…


March 27, 2017

This Week in Congress, March 27-31

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the Hill this week.   Monday, March 27   Senate Judiciary GORSUCH/PENDING NOMINATIONS Noon March 27, 226 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Markup   Tuesday, March 28   Senate Armed Services DOD WORLDWIDE POLICY/DEFENSE SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET March 28, 2:30 p.m., SVC-217, U.S. Capitol Full Committee Briefing…


March 20, 2017

This Week in Congress, March 13-17

It’s a busy week on the Hill! Here is a selection of committee hearings taking place this week.   Monday, March 20   House Rules HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM LEGISLATION 5 p.m. March 20, H-313, U.S. Capitol Full Committee Business Meeting   House Select Intelligence RUSSIAN ELECTION TAMPERING 10 a.m. March 20, 1100 Longworth Bldg. Full…


March 16, 2017

America First Budget Released

The Trump Administration released its first budget, called the American First Budget this morning. Coming in at 62 pages total, the “America First” budget blueprint is what is known as a “skinny budget” is somewhat scant on details. The budget’s main theme is doing more with less by eliminating “nonfunctioning” or duplicative programs and wasteful spending; streamlining federal…


March 11, 2017

This Week in Congress, March 13-17

March 14   Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Hearing to examine opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure 10am, 366 Senate Dirksen Office Building   March 15   House Committee on Agriculture Hearing to examine “Agriculture and Tax Reform: Opportunities for Rural America” 10am, 1300 Longworth House Office Building   House Committee on the…


March 7, 2017

House Committees Release ACA Repeal Draft

The House Energy and Commerce (E&C) and the House Ways and Means (W&M) committees released their sections of an ACA repeal bill. E&C has 66 pages (the E&C section-by-section) to mark up and W&M has 57 pages to mark up (the W&M section-by-section). The whole bill can be found here.


March 6, 2017

This Week in Congress, March 6-10

March 8   HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS PUBLIC WITNESSES DAY Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies 10am, 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building   HOUSE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY: SUBCOMMITTEE ON SPACE  Regulating Space: Innovation, Liberty, and International Obligations 10am, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building   SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS: SUBCOMMITTEE…


March 3, 2017

Sessions to Recuse Himself from Potential Russia Investigations

Responding to charges that he may have potentially misled Congress during his confirmation hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced March 2 that he will recuse himself from any potential Justice Department investigations into Russian interference in the November presidential election. During his press conference, he stated that he responded correctly to the hearing question about…


February 27, 2017

This week in Congress, Feb. 27-Mar. 3

U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE MEETINGS   Senate Select Intelligence COATS NOMINATION Feb. 28, 2 p.m., 106 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing     Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs BORDER INSECURITY/LAX IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT March 1, 10 a.m., 342 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE ACCESS ISSUES March 1, 10…


February 16, 2017

Trump Announces New Labor Secretary Pick

Today President Trump announced his new pick to head up the Department of Labor. Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, is his new pick for labor secretary. The announcement comes one day after Trumps initial pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination for the position. Senate Republicans…



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