Federal Relations

January 12, 2018

What We’re Reading, January 8-12

Here is a selection of articles we’ve read this week. Politico Special Report – Does the white working class really vote against its own interests? In exchange for policies like the new tax bill, which several nonpartisan analyses conclude will lower taxes on the wealthy and raise them for the working class, did they really just settle for a wall that will…


January 3, 2018

Two New Senators To Be Sworn In Today

After they get sworn in today, the Senate will have two new members. Doug Jones (D-AL), who beat Roy Moore in a chaotic race to replace Luther Strange, who was appointed to Jeff Sessions’ seat when he became Attorney General, will join the chamber as one of its newest members. He will join the Senate…


December 22, 2017

Funding Crisis Averted, Tax Bill is Signed Today

both chambers of Congress passed yet another FY2018 continuing resolution this evening, the House by a vote of 231-188 and the Senate by a vote of 66-32.  This most recent CR would keep the government running through 19 January, and has been sent to the president for his signature, just a day before the current…


December 19, 2017

Final Tax Bill Passed by House

Earlier this afternoon, the House cleared by a vote of 227 to 203 the final version of the tax reform legislation.  H. R. 1 is now headed to the Senate. In the end, 12 Republicans joined 191 Democrats in opposing the bill.


House Releases $81 Billion Supplemental

Totaling $81 billion, the supplemental spending bill (HR 4667) released Monday evening is $37 billion more than the $44 billion the Trump Administration requested in mid-November. As supplemental appropriations, the money is designated as emergency spending, which does not require offsets under congressional budget rules. The White House included a list of offsets, which can be found…


December 13, 2017

House Committee Clears HEA Reauthorization Bill

In a marathon markup session that lasted well into the evening, the House Education and the Workforce Committee cleared yesterday the PROSPER Act (H.R. 4508), its version of the bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), by a vote 23 to 17.  A copy of the bill is available here. During the session, approximately 60…


December 11, 2017

This Week in Congress, December 11-15

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week. U.S. Senate SENATE COMMERCE, SCIENCE & TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee Hearing National Ocean Policy Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Bldg. SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR & PENSIONS Full Committee Hearing Prescription Drug Costs Dec. 12, 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg. SENATE JUDICIARY Full Committee Hearing Ensuring…


December 8, 2017

What we’re reading, Dec. 4-8

Here’s a selection of articles that are keeping us informed this week. Shutdown Showdown – House Republicans are working on a multistep government funding strategy that involves a two-week stopgap measure to keep the lights on beyond Dec. 8 and fully funding defense by Christmas. No final decisions have been made but the idea GOP leaders have…


Shutdown Averted… For Now

Both chambers of Congress cleared yesterday another short-term spending package that would keep the government funded through December 22.  The old spending agreement ends at midnight Saturday. Although the government remains funded for another two weeks, there still is no agreement on many of the unresolved issues that will need to be addressed before a final package…


December 7, 2017

House Considering Two-Week Spending Extension

The House is currently debating a measure to keep the federal government open for another two weeks. The current short-term package expires after tomorrow and another extension is needed by then to prevent large parts of the government from shutting down. The two-week extension, through December 22, would buy negotiators additional time to reach an agreement…


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