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June 12, 2017

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Revised Travel Ban

In a decision issued today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump Administration in its appeal of a decision issued by a federal judge in Hawaii earlier this year that blocked the revised travel ban. The Fourth Circuit also ruled against the Administration on the ban. The initial travel ban was also blocked…

This week in Congress, June 12-16

Here is a selection of committee activities taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Senate Appropriations TRANSPORTATION BUDGET June 13, 2:30 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Budget BUDGET REQUEST AND REVENUE PROPOSALS June 13, 10 a.m., 608 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing House Rules REDUCING HEALTHCARE LIABILITY BURDEN June 13,…

June 8, 2017

It’s Comey day in the Senate Intelligence Committee

All eyes are on the US Senate this morning as former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Russian collusion with the Trump Campaign. Comey’s written testimony can be viewed here, or you may watch the…

June 7, 2017

Trump Nominates Christopher Wray for FBI Director

This morning President Trump tweeted that he intends to nominate Christopher Wray to replace James Comey as FBI director. Wray served in the George W. Bush administration as assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division. More recently and in the private sector, Wray represented New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the “bridgegate” scandal.

June 5, 2017

This week in Congress, June 5-9

Here is a selection of committee meetings this week. United States Senate Senate Armed Services DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION/FUTURE YEARS June 6, 9:30 a.m., G-50 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing Senate Appropriations EDUCATION BUDGET June 6, 10 a.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Appropriations DEFENSE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION/FAMILY HOUSING BUDGET June 6, 2:30 p.m., 124 Dirksen Bldg….

May 22, 2017

This Week in Congress, May 22-26

Here is a selection of committee activities taking place this week in Congress.   TUESDAY, MAY 23 Senate Judiciary SOUTHERN BORDER SECURITY May 23, 2:30 p.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing House Energy & Commerce ZIKA PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE May 23, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing House Select Intelligence RUSSIA INVESTIGATION May 23,…

NEH Chairman Announces Resignation

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that its chairman, William D. Adams, will be resigning from his position, effective Tuesday, May 23. He was nominated to lead the NEH by President Obama in 2014. Prior to joining the agency, Adams served as the president of Colby College for 14 years.

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…

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