Federal Relations

February 15, 2017

Puzder Out

Nominee for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw his nomination shortly. Given recent developments on Puzder’s record (both professional and private) and recent issues with other Trump advisors, Republican support for the nominee has weakened. His hearing, set for this week, is expected to be cancelled, and his official resignation is expected shortly.


Mulvaney Moves Forward

By a vote of  52-48, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s nominee for OMB Director, has cleared a procedural vote. This move would allow a final vote on Mulvaney Thursday evening.


February 14, 2017

More Movement Seen on Senior Administration Officials Front

Late Monday, recently appointed White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post. The resignation was prompted by what he shared with Vice President Pence about his call with the Russian ambassador to the United States almost immediately following the Presidential election in November. Flynn had reportedly told Pence that he did not…


February 13, 2017

This Week in Congress, Feb. 13-17

Here is a selection of committee hearings that are taking place this week.   U.S. Senate   Senate Environment & Public Works ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT MODERNIZATION Feb. 15, 10 a.m., 406 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   Senate Appropriations MENTAL HEALTH CARE Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Commerce, Science…


More Cabinet Positions, House Works on Reg Repeal

Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, will get a vote around 7 p.m. tonight in what’s become a drawn-out process in the Senate. Following the final vote on Mnunchin  there will a procedural vote on on David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Mnunchin is expected to pass and once he does the Treasury Secretary…


February 10, 2017

What We’re Reading This Week, February 6 -10

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Nominees – As Trump’s cabinet moves on through the Senate to be confirmed, it is confusing as to who has been confirmed when. Read about the status in The Washington Post.  Whither Funding? – The appropriations process this year will be a tough…


Appeals Court Upholds Decision on Travel Ban

A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit of Appeals kept in place Thursday a temporary restraining order against the Trump Administration executive order that sought, among other things, to bar visa holders from seven nations from entering the United States. The original order was issued by a federal district judge in Western Washington after a suit…


Price Confirmed, Mnuchin Next

In the wee hours of the morning (just after 2 am), the Senate voted 52-47 to approve the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price had solid backing from Senate Republicans. The chamber’s Democrats delayed the final vote by holding the floor for the full 30 hours permitted to them under Senate…


February 9, 2017

DeVos’ First Day

Wednesday was the first day for newly confirmed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  She spent her first day meeting staffers and touring the department as well as addressing all staff. In her address, DeVos sought to move beyond the contentious confirmation process and unite the department, which she acknowledged likely has some staffers who disagree with her…


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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