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October 10, 2017

More Disaster Relief; Tax Reform Slowly, Slowly

It’s getting expensive to deal with disaster relief. Going first, the House is scheduled to vote this week on the second installment of hurricane relief aid. While the Trump administration requested $29.3 billion, lawmakers have been busy trying to add to the total. Texas lawmakers want an extra $18.7 billion for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which…


October 9, 2017

DACA Deal Proposed

President Trump released a list of measures to restrict immigration that the Administration wants in exchange for passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law. The White House called for the border wall; tougher penalties for asylum fraud; faster deportation of unaccompanied minors; a grant cutoff to sanctuary cities; restriction of permanent-residency sponsorship by U.S….


October 6, 2017

What We’re Reading, October 2-6

Here’s a selection of articles we’re reading this week. Will the 8th go blue? – The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race since 2010. The 67-year-old Reichert was hardly the most obvious contender to step aside nationwide, especially after a 20-point win in 2016. But with Republican…


October 5, 2017

House Passes Budget

House Republicans passed budget legislation today that sets the stage for an ambitious tax bill that they plan to pass. The House measure includes language that would allow the Senator to pass a tax measure without invoking cloture. The Senate is proceeding on a separate track toward passing its own budget, which will have to be…


New Deputy Secretary at HHS

Eric Hargan was officially confirmed by the Senate on a 57-38 vote yesterday afternoon. Hargan’s confirmation comes at a crucial time for HHS, which has relied on career staffer Don Wright to lead the agency since Tom Price resigned as secretary on Friday. Secretary Price’s recent exit helped accelerate the consideration of HHS nominees. Hargan will…


October 2, 2017

Graham-Cassidy Still Getting Scored

Despite not moving forward with consideration, the Congressional Budget Office is still expected score the Graham-Cassidy legislation on potential impact. Stay tuned.


Budget? Budget?

The Senate Budget Committee will take its first steps on a framework for federal spending and tax cuts in FY 2018 this week. The Senate Budget Committee released its FY 2018 draft resolution on Friday that would establish the path for consideration of revenue, spending, and other fiscal legislation. Senate Committee will debate overall limits on discretionary…


This Week in Congress, October 2-6

Here is a selection of committee hearings taking place on the Hill this week.   U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee Hearing Equifax Data Breach Oct. 3, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES Subcommittee Hearing Promoting Outdoor Recreation on Federal Land Oct. 3, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg. HOUSE RULES…


September 29, 2017

One Federal Fiscal Year Ends, Another One Begins

Federal FY2017 comes to a close Saturday night, September 30. To prevent the government from shutting down Sunday morning at the start of FY2018, Congress passed and the President signed into law earlier this month a short-term funding measure that would keep the federal government funded through the first week of December essentially at FY2017…


What We’re Reading, September 25-29

Here is a selection of articles that we’re reading this week. Fourth Time’s a Charm? –  Dino Rossi at first did not succeed. So he tried … and tried … and tried again. And now, the Washington Republican state senator, who lost two races for governor (2004, 2008) and one for the U.S. Senate (2010), is…


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