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November 17, 2016

NDAA Update: One Step Closer to Finalized

Yesterday, armed services leaders from the House and the Senate took a significant step forward in wrapping up the 2017 National Defense Authorization. While negotiations are still underway, committee leadership reportedly agreed upon adding around $9 billion to the Pentagon budget to fund wars and fill readiness shortfalls. Since the negotiations are highly sensitive, they…


November 10, 2016

115th Congress House Committee Outlook

In the 115th Congress, there will be twenty openings for committee and subcommittee chair positions in the House of Representatives due to the GOP’s self-imposed six year term limits on chairmanship. Here are a few of the committees we’re paying attention to. APPROPRIATIONS: The current chair of Appropriations, Hal Rogers, has reached his six year…


Meet the New Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Here’s a look at the 53 new Members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. ARIZONA Tom O’Halleran, D-AZ (1ST District) – The former Chicago homicide detective and ex-member of the Chicago Board of Trade’s board of directors spent two years in the Arizona Senate and six years in the House as a Republican. He…


Election Update: New Faces of the U.S. Senate

Republicans will maintain control of the Senate in the 115th Congress with at least 51 senators after defending 24 seats in yesterday’s election. Two races have not been called yet – in Louisiana, where a run-off will take place in December, and in New Hampshire, where the vote count is too close to call. Here…


Election Update: the U.S. House of Representatives

Despite losing six seats to the Democrats, the Republicans will maintain control of the Senate with 239 seats to the Democrats’ 193 seats. Consistent with the Presidential and Senate election outcomes, this is viewed as a very strong performance for the Republicans, who broadly feared losing more than 15 seats going into Tuesday evening. Democrats…


October 21, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 17-21

The End of Political Correctness on Campus – Trump says he’ll end it, but can he? More from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Debate: Five Takeaways – The tilt in Las Vegas had a little something for everyone: sharp personal attacks, substantive policy discussion and Trump’s unmatched ability to provoke controversy. More from The Hill. …


July 15, 2016

Trump Picks a Running Mate

Donald Trump has picked Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate, turning to a well-established conservative who brings government experience to the Republican presidential ticket. Gov, Pence is a 57-year-old former radio host and congressman as well as a well-known social conservative and could soothe right-leaning voters who are skeptical of Mr. Trump’s views on…


June 14, 2016

White House Threatens to Veto House Defense Measure

This week President Obama threatened to veto to House version of the annual defense appropriations legislation in a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP). Issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the SAP disapproves of the shifting of  $16 billion in war funds to the Pentagon’s base budget, funding overseas contingencies only through next April. The…


March 1, 2016

Super Tuesday!

Today voters in twelve states – 11 Democratic and 11 Republican – will gather together to nominate their party’s candidate for President of the United States. On the Democratic side, Super Tuesday could be Hillary Clinton’s opportunity to pull away from Bernie Sanders. There are 889 delegates up for grabs in eleven states – Alabama…


February 3, 2016

Department of Education Seeks Summer Interns

The Department of Education announced it is recruiting interns for Summer 2016. The program is sure provide opportunities to learn about education policy in the nation’s capital. From the ED Homeroom blog: “Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience…



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