Federal Relations

January 5, 2017

More Details About Confirmation Hearings Now Available

More details about the upcoming confirmation hearings for Cabinet nominees are becoming available, including the dates and times of many of the hearings. On January 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee will start its two-day confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at 9:30 AM ET. The hearing will be webcast on the…


January 4, 2017

ACA Repeal

Health care, taxes, and a regulatory reform will dominate the Hill during Trump’s first 100 days in office, and the partisan maneuvering begins today. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence headed to Capitol Hill to discuss the health care law this morning. Obama’s goal is to rally Democrats. Vice President-elect Pence met with the Republican…


Cabinet Confirmation Hearings Kick Off Week of Jan. 9

Although the new Trump Administration will not formally come into office until January 20, confirmation hearings for many of the Cabinet nominees will kick off the week of January 9. For example, Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos will go before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee on at 10 AM EST on…


January 3, 2017

Welcome to the 115th Congress

Happy New Year and Happy Swearing In Day! Congress is back today to usher in the 115th Congress and the inauguration is in 17 days. First things first.  Both the full House and new members of the Senate were sworn in today initiating the 115th Congress. With the Republican party in charge of both chambers and President-elect Donald…


December 22, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, December 19 -23

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. New Options – Unhappy with the leading options for Secretary of State, Trump asked former SECDEF Robert Gates what he thought. Gates suggested Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. Read more in The Washington Post. Office of “Buy American” – President-elect Donald Trump will create a…


December 19, 2016

Electoral College Votes Today

The 538 members of the electoral college will gather at state capitols across the country this afternoon to cast their ballots for President. The usually symbolic ceremonies, full of pomp and circumstance, have drawn intense attention this year.  There has been much effort made to dissuade the electors from voting for Trump.   To be…


December 16, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, December 12-16

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week. Unusuals – In the wake of the election, speculation had focused on whether President-elect Trump’s personnel choices would be drawn from the GOP establishment or from people antagonistic toward it. While his picks are not anti-establishment in any real sense, it’s also hard to…


COMPETES Reauthorization Heads to President for Signature

Just moments ago, the House of Representatives passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S.3084). It was passed under suspension of the rules, during a pro forma session.  The measure passed the Senate on June 22, 2016 by unanimous consent. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the bill authorizes $7.5 billion for NSF, which is the…


December 14, 2016

Two Budgets Next Year

Congress will do two budget resolutions next year. The first will be aimed at the ACA early in the Congress and the second effort at reconciliation will be aimed at tax reform, which should be in the Spring. The first budget that House and Senate Republicans will unveil early next year will include reconciliation instructions to…


Zinke to Interior

President-elect Donald Trump has offered Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-T) the position of Interior Secretary. The previous front-runner for the post was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).  Zinke, who won his seat in 2014, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL commander who has taken strong stances on conservation and public lands issues. He voted against the 2016…


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