Federal Relations

May 11, 2016

Senate E&W Clog Cleared, Final Passage Is In Sight

In an effort to move forward, The Senate rejected the motion to invoke cloture to limit debate on Senator Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) controversial amendment related to the Iran nuclear deal. The failure of the amendment to win cloture breaks a two-week logjam that hindered the progress of the $37.5 billion FY 2017 Energy-Water spending bill. Technically, a…

May 10, 2016

Third Time Isn’t Charming for Senate E&W

In an expected turn of events, the Senate failed to invoke cloture last night. The Senate’s third attempt to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the substitute amendment for the FY 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill fell short. Senate Democrats have refused to support advancing the measure unless Republicans abandon a proposed amendment by Senator Tom Cotton…

May 9, 2016

Interesting Week Ahead

The House and Senate return to work this week, including former Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz. The Senate will try for the third time on Monday to advance its $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill, but there is no indication that leaders will find the 60 votes needed to break the logjam caused by…

May 6, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 2-6

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Crumbles and Cracks, Cruz’s Demise – When Senator Ted Cruz emerged as Donald Trump’s sole serious challenger, Cruz needed to pivot and win over the same Republican Party insiders he had built his career running against; he needed them to rally around him….

May 4, 2016

New Lay of the Land

After a shocking defeat last night in Indiana, Senator Ted Cruz announced his withdrawal from the 2016 presidential election. The move all but assures Trump the Republican presidential nomination in July. Trump is now on course to be the first standard-bearer of a political party, who has not previously served in office, since President Dwight D….

April 29, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, April 25-29

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Federal “Affordability” Conundrum  –  The crisis of college affordability may not be solvable by the federal government: It has had much less control over tuition than state policies. Read more in The Atlantic.  On the Rise, But More to Go – Meanwhile, higher education…

April 22, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, April 18-22

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations Team is enjoying this week. M-O-N-E-Y – An initial concern about Paul Ryan becoming Speaker was the sheer quantity of fundraising that the position requires and the amount of travel that will entail. Ryan, with two school-aged kids, was honest about not wanting to spend his weekends traveling…

April 21, 2016

Senate Full Committee Approves C-J-S and T-HUD Appropriations Bills, Plus Emergency Zika Funding

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a draft FY 2017 C-J-S spending bill with $56.3 billion in discretionary spending that includes funds for efforts to combat heroin use. The FY 2017 amounts would be about $563 million above the currently enacted level, and $1.6 billion more than the Obama Administration request. Overall, it is a 1 percent increase…

April 20, 2016

Energy & Water Moves Forward with a Veto Threat

Last night, the House Appropriations Committee cleared its FY 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations legislation by voice vote, clearing the measure for Floor consideration. The bill includes $37.4 billion for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies and programs. House Democrats and Republicans sparred over language in the bill…

April 19, 2016

Senate Moves C-J-S Forward

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science approved its $56.3 billion FY 2017 legislation on a bipartisan voice vote, boosting the spending allocation by 1 percent over current levels. The full bill text is expected to be released when the legislation is marked up by the full committee Thursday. Overall, the bill would provide a $71 million boost, to…

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