Federal Relations

April 3, 2017

This week in Congress, April 3-7

Here is a selection of committee meetings happening this week.   Tuesday, April 4   Senate Appropriations NATIONAL WATER HAZARDS AND VULNERABILITIES April 4, 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Armed Services CYBER THREATS TO THE U.S. April 4, 2:30 p.m., SVC-217, U.S. Capitol Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Energy & Natural Resources…


Votes Scheduled on Supreme Court Nominee This Week

The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently scheduled to officially vote today on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to become the next Supreme Court Justice. The committee is expected to clear the nominee for floor consideration for later this week. It is unclear at this point how the nomination vote will play out once it reaches…


March 30, 2017

Two More Cabinet Nominees Clear Committee

On March 30, the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee reported out the nominations of Sonny Perdue and Alexander Acosta for the posts of Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Labor, respectively. The nominations now head to the full Senate for its consideration.


March 29, 2017

New Executive Order Aimed at Rolling Back Obama-era Environmental Policies Signed

At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order designed to roll back many of the Obama-era environmental policies aimed at curbing climate change. Among the provisions of the new order are those instructing the agency to consider repealing the Clean Power Plan and asking the EPA to also consider repealing…


March 27, 2017

This Week in Congress, March 27-31

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the Hill this week.   Monday, March 27   Senate Judiciary GORSUCH/PENDING NOMINATIONS Noon March 27, 226 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Markup   Tuesday, March 28   Senate Armed Services DOD WORLDWIDE POLICY/DEFENSE SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET March 28, 2:30 p.m., SVC-217, U.S. Capitol Full Committee Briefing…


March 24, 2017

Healthcare Bill Pulled

After a drama-filled day of discussions and conversations between the House and the White House and among the House Republicans themselves, which did not ultimately create enough support for its passage, the healthcare legislation was pulled from the House floor before a vote.  The path forward on the push to repeal and replace Obamacare remains uncertain.


March 23, 2017

No Healthcare Vote on Thursday

After another day of intense back-and-forth among House Republicans, there still are not enough votes to secure passage of the current version of the healthcare repeal legislation. As a result, the House leadership has postponed the floor vote scheduled for tonight.  Some reports are indicating that the vote could take place tomorrow morning, after further negotiations.


Drama Continues in Congress

With the full House currently scheduled to take up the Obamacare repeal-and-replace healthcare bill later today, as of this writing, it still remains uncertain as to whether the White House and the House Republican leadership have been able to convince enough holdouts to get the legislation across the finish line. Many sources report that negotiations…


March 22, 2017

NASA Transition Authorization Bill Signed Into Law

Earlier today, the NASA Transition Authorization of 2017 was signed into law by President Trump. The bipartisan bill was adopted unanimously in both chambers of Congress. Historically, different presidential Administrations have sought to emphasize different areas of the agency’s broad mission and expertise, and the legislation was an attempt, in part, to provide stability for…


March 21, 2017

House Republican Leadership Proposes Changes to Healthcare Legislation

Last evening, the Republican leadership in the House proposed a number of changes to the committee-passed healthcare legislation. The changes have been offered as proposed amendments (see here) and will still need to be formally adopted to become part of the official legislative package. The proposed changes were offered to garner enough support from among the…


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