Federal Relations

July 12, 2016

White House Issues Veto Threat on House FY 17 Interior Approps Bill

Today, the White House issued (another) veto threat via a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) about the House’s FY 2017 Interior appropriations bill. The White House said the bill underfunds core Department of the Interior (DOI) programs as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) operating budget, which supports nationwide protection of human health, and…


July 11, 2016

Last Week!!!

With only five days left before a seven-week summer recess, Congress will at least try to keep up appearances. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to complete work on the final two of the 12 annual spending bills needed to fund the government for FY 2017. Meanwhile, the full House is set to vote on its FY…


July 8, 2016

House Approves Opioid Conference Report

In a remarkable change of pace, the House and Senate came to a conference agreement on S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this Wednesday. The agreement contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment,…


What We’re Reading This Week, July 4 – 8

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Most Likely to be Number 2 Banana – Trump is closing in on a vice presidential pick, with the vetting process in full swing. Trump will make the announcement sometime between now and the end of the Republican National Convention on July 21. Read…


July 7, 2016

House Starts Pushing CR

The House Freedom Caucus is pushing for a vote next week on a six-month stopgap funding measure that would last until March 2017 and effectively end the appropriations process for the year. The plan would postpone decisions on FY 2017 spending until a new president and Congress are elected. At present, House Republican Leadership is considering the…


House Committee Moves Forward with Labor-H

The House Appropriations subcommittee marked up the FY 2017 Labor-H appropriations measure today. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and other related agencies. No report language has been released, so details of the bill will likely remain unclear until full committee…


July 6, 2016

Lawmakers Agree on FAA Extension to Sept. 30, 2017

Today, the House and Senate aviation committee leaders from both parties agreed on a reauthorization of aviation programs through Sept. 30, 2017, at current funding levels. The current authorization (PL 114-141) expires July 15. The measure includes provisions designed to reduce the risk of drone accidents and establishes a process for the FAA to designate drone…


July 5, 2016

Their Back for Guns, Defense, and Maybe Some Money

Both the House and Senate are back this week to resume work after the 4 of July work period. The upper and lower chambers have less that two full weeks for business (the House has nine legislative days to the Senate’s seven) before both recess for seven weeks (which will contain two massive nominating conventions…


June 30, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, June 27 – July 1

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Um…Unseemly? –  As the Obama Administration cracks down on for-profit colleges, three former officials working on behalf of an investment firm run by President Barack Obama’s best friend have staged a behind-the-scenes campaign to get the Education Department to green-light a purchase of…


June 28, 2016

Zika Blocked In Senate

The Senate blocked a plan Tuesday to spend $1.1. billion to fight the Zika virus, as Democrats objected to added provisions that would limit funding for birth control, allow pesticide spraying near water sources, and raise the Confederate flag. Democrats asserted there were not included in the conference negotiation process to craft the conference report….


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