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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 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 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 9, 2017

Attorney General Nominee Confirmed

After a very contentious debate on the Senate floor, the chamber voted to confirm Wednesday evening Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the next Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 52-47. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Sessions. Senator Sessions abstained from voting for himself….


January 25, 2017

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Leadership for 115th

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee finalized its subcommittee rosters and leadership. Senator Patty Murray will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in addition to serving on the Subcommittees for Defense; Energy and Water Development; Homeland Security; Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs; and Transportation, Housing and…


January 19, 2017

Collins to Stay on at NIH

As previously reported, the Trump Administration has asked approximately 50 members of the current Obama Administration NIH indicated today that the resignation letter that NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., submitted to the incoming Administration has been returned, and he is being held over into the next administration. At this point, President-elect Trump’s transition team…


January 12, 2017

Flake Issues Annual “Waste Book”

Earlier this week, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released his annual “waste book,” a list of 50 examples of federal spending which he believes are wasteful. As in the past, this year’s list includes plenty of activities supported by research agencies. The document is available here.


January 11, 2017

Confirmation Hearing Underway

Confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees are now underway, with nominees for many of the high-profile posts appearing before the relevant Senate committees this week. Sen. Jeff Session (R-AL), the Attorney General nominee, started his two-day confirmation hearing on Tuesday, January. 10. Recordings of the hearing are available here and here.  Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State nominee,…


January 5, 2017

More Details About Confirmation Hearings Now Available

More details about the upcoming confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees are becoming available, including the dates and times of many of the hearings. On January 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee will start its two-day confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at 9:30 AM ET. The hearing will be webcast on the…


January 4, 2017

Cabinet Confirmation Hearings Kick Off Week of Jan. 9

Although the new Trump Administration will not formally come into office until January 20, confirmation hearings for many of the Cabinet nominees will kick off the week of January 9. For example, Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos will go before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on at 10 AM EST on…



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