Federal Relations

May 15, 2015

What We’re Reading This Week, May 11-15

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team has been reading this week. TPA Tanking – The President and the Senate had a bumpy week as the Senate Democratic Caucus bucked the President and came out in opposition to fast tracking trade promotion authority for a pan-Pacific trade pact. Read more at Politico. And here. And

May 13, 2015

COMPETES Rule Yanked

The House Rules Committee cancelled their hearing to craft a rule for HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act. It is unknown at this time when the House Rules Committee will take up the measure or if this will delay the consideration of the measure last week.

21st Century Cures Proposes Funding Increase for NIH

The latest version of the 21st Century Cures Act was released this morning and the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health is scheduled to markup the measure on Thursday, May 14th. Like the discussion draft, the updated version provides for an increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), both through reauthorization

House Appropriations Posts FY16 CJS

The House Appropriations Committee released the text of the FY16 Commerce Justice State legislation this morning in immediate advance of their mark up. The Appropriations Committee released both the text of the legislation and a press release of highlights on the measure. At first glance, there do seem to be clear winners and losers in

Mêlée for NDAA

Both the White House and chief Democrat of the the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith (D-WA) have both expressed a lack of support for the FY16 NDAA measure, which is expected to be considered today on the House Floor. The White House issued an Statement of Administrative Policy in which it issued a veto threat.  In part

NDAA PATRIOT Act Combo with an Abortion Chaser

Today, the House will vote on the rule to consider the NDAA. In a development, the Rules committee decided to combine the NDAA with two other pieces of legislation, namely HR 2048, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 and HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HR  2048, the USA FREEDOM Act is a bipartisan measure

May 12, 2015

House Gets Ready to Consider COMPETES and NDAA

The House Rules Committee will meet at 3pm on Wednesday to considered movement forward for both HR 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016 and HR 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. Today, the House Rules Committee will meet to consider the overall rule for the NDAA, and subsequent to that will determine which

May 1, 2015

Two Down…10 To Go

Yesterday the House passed the first appropriations vote of the season. The FY16 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (HR 2029) passed with a vote of 255 – 163, largely along party lines. Known colloquially as MilCon-VA, the measure is historically the least controversial of all the 12 annual appropriations bills. It passed last year with the support of every

What We’re Reading, April 27- May 1

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team found of interest. Refueling Research – An op-ed by Senator Ed Markey about the value of basic science and federal investment. Read more at the Huffington Post.  IX – ED released a new packet of info for Title IX coordinators. First instruction, don’t forget to designate

April 30, 2015

House Passes Conference Committee Budget

The House of Representatives approved the FY16 budget resolution conference report (SConRes 11) with a vote of 226-197, sending the measure to the Senate for final approval. The measure provides overall guidance for spending but is not signed into law by the President. The FY16 agreement follows the spending caps enacted in the Budget Control Act for both defense

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