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January 12, 2017

Flake Issues Annual “Waste Book”

Earlier this week, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) released his annual “waste book,” a list of 50 examples of federal spending which he believes are wasteful. As in the past, this year’s list includes plenty of activities supported by research agencies. The document is available here.


Price Confirmation for HHS Slips to Februrary

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced that the actually confirmation vote for Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who is the Trump nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), will not occur until mid-February. The HELP Committee  that will hear from Price on January 18, and…


Senate Passes Budget with ACA Repeal Instructions

Early Thursday morning, Senators voted 51-48 to adopt the FY2017 budget resolution, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) casting the only Republican vote against it. With just 51 votes, the Senate moves forward with plans to repeal the ACA while avoiding a filibuster from Senate Democrats. Ultimately, the Senate considered 19 amendments before the final vote — and stymied…


January 11, 2017

Confirmation Hearing Underway

Confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees are now underway, with nominees for many of the high-profile posts appearing before the relevant Senate committees this week. Sen. Jeff Session (R-AL), the Attorney General nominee, started his two-day confirmation hearing on Tuesday, January. 10. Recordings of the hearing are available here and here.  Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State nominee,…


January 10, 2017

ED Secretary Confirmation Hearing Delayed

The Senate HELP committee announced the hearing for Trump’s Education Secretary appointee, Betsy DeVoes, will be delayed a week. The confirmation hearing will now take place on January 17th at 5 PM.


January 9, 2017

Vote-a-rama

It’s budget week on the Senate side (as well as confirmation week). The Senate is expected to start their all nighter on Wednesday. The Senate Democrats have vowed to take up all the debate time allotted (and more). The bare-bones budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 3, released last week includes instructions to relevant committees to draft legislation aimed at repealing…


January 6, 2017

Nomination Schedule

Politico has an excellent overview of the coming nominees for the incoming Administration’s cabinet positions. Week of Jan. 9 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  Nominee: Ben Carson Background: Retired neurosurgeon, former GOP primary rival Committee: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Confirmation Hearings: Sen. Mike Crapo is planning to hold a hearing next week…


What We’re Reading This Week, January 2 – 6

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Survivors – Trump and Congressional Republicans have made it clear that a top priority if rolling back Obama Administration regulations, but there’s a significant amount of work that the incoming Administration cannot or will not want to roll back. Read more in…


January 5, 2017

Domestic Policy Council, Staff Announcements

Trump has announced his Domestic Policy Team. Andrew Bremberg, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council — Andrew Bremberg worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel…


Exit Memo

 President Obama asked each member of his Cabinet to write an Exit Memo on the progress made, their vision for the country’s future, and the work that remains in order to achieve that vision. You can read President Obama’s cover letter to the American people here.  OSTP’s exit memo here and can check out all…


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