Federal Relations


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…

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….

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