Federal Relations

June 7, 2016

Senate Subcommittee Passes FY 2017 Labor-H

Today, the Senate appropriations subcommittee approved the first bipartisan Labor-H funding bill since Obamacare became law more than six years ago. The Senate’s FY 2017 bill includes a $2 billion increase for NIH (the same as the FY 2016 increase), a near doubling of funding to fight the opioid epidemic to $261 million, and $7.1 billion for…


June 6, 2016

Congress Gets Back to Work for the Long Slog

The House and Senate return to work this week in what will be the largest number of consecutive legislative days prior to the August Recess.  Both legislative bodies will push pause and briefly come together for a joint session to receive Indian Prime Minister Modi. The Senate returns today to resume consideration on its FY 2017 National…


June 3, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 30-June 3

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. VP Picks – Now that Trump has locked down the nomination, the latest speculation is who will be named his running mate. Read more at The Hill.  Pell – The federal Pell Grant program, a federal financial aid offering earmarked for the…


May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Recess

The House and Senate are out this week as they head home to celebrate Memorial Day with a week-long recess. When they return, the Senate will resume consideration on its version of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the House will begin regrouping on how to proceed with appropriations after the meltdown of…


May 27, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 23-27

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. Migratory Patterns – Since before the founding of the nation, Americans have historically been explorers and wanders: the Westward expansion, the Northern Migration, moving from the country to the city. Americans are rolling stones moving in search to discover opportunity — a propensity that has…


May 26, 2016

Senate Approps Committee Approves FY2017 Defense and DHS

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday two FY2017 spending bills in a pair of 30-0 votes — one for Defense and the other for Homeland Security.  The draft Defense measure would provide $574.6 billion in discretionary funds, while the Homeland Security total would be $41.2 billion.


House and Senate Agree to Conference Zika Funding Bills

Today, the House voted 233-180 Thursday for a rule that would allow the chamber go to conference with the Senate over differences in the two chambers’ respective versions of their FY2017 Mil-Con appropriations measures as well as legislation to address the Zika virus. The Senate will also need to agree to go to conference. The House…


House FY2016 E&W Fails on the Floor

Earlier today, House’s FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (HR 5055) failed by a vote of 112-305. It is the second regular appropriations bill to be considered by the House this year. The first was the FY2017 Mil-Con measure, which passed last week. The measure failed to pass due to a series of amendments that poisoned…


House Passes Amended Senate Energy Policy Bill

Yesterday, the House passed, by a vote of 241-178, an amended Senate legislative package (S. 2012) containing its broad energy policy overhaul. The Senate, which passed a more bipartisan bill, expressed concern about several of the many contentious elements the House added. The House included several controversial provisions including it’s stalled version to reauthorize America COMPETES.  The next step…


May 24, 2016

New House Rules

Speaker Ryan proposed to the regular Republican House Conference meeting new procedures on proposing amendments for legislation, and specifically appropriations bills. The new process requires Members to “notice” their amendments by submitting them for publication in the Congressional Record in advance of consideration on the House Floor in order to have them considered by the…


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