Federal Relations

November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Recess

Congress is out for the Thanksgiving Recess. They return next week to address the CR, and what that should entail as well as the NDAA, 21st Century Cures, the Water Resources Development bill, and any other legislation they can possibly get passed. Thanksgiving is a federal holiday observed on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving…


November 18, 2016

Trump’s First Cabinet Picks Announced

The Trump transition team has announced it’s first picks for the cabinet.  National Security Advisor: Michael Flynn, Retired General – Flynn served as one of the Trump’s top confidants during the campaign, joining him during some of his early intelligence briefings. Flynn gained a reputation as a skilled but combative intelligence officer during his 33-year career. However,…


Watch the Live Feed of Trump Tower’s Lobby!

See who’s coming in and out of Trump Tower and speaking to the reporters. Courtesy of C-SPAN’s pool camera.


November 17, 2016

Rep. Foxx Discusses Priorities for 115th Congress

Today Inside Higher Ed published an exclusive Q&A with North Carolina’s Rep. Virginia Foxx, who is expected to chair the House Education & Workforce Committee in the 115th Congress. Foxx, who says she has already been in touch with the President-Elect’s transition team, is likely to be in favor of rolling back regulations put in place…


What We’re Reading This Week, November 14 – 18

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Yeah, What He Said – Thus far in the Trump Transition, Trump has walked back the wall as well as a total repudiation of Obamacare, now for replacing it. Why the dialing back? Apparently Trump tends to agree with the last person…


Congress Goes for a Short-Term CR

House and Senate Leadership have decided to forego the Omnibus or minibus appropriations for FY 2017 and pass a short-term CR. The CR will last until March 31, 2017.  The CR will be crafted to maintain the current rate of funding. More details will be reported when more is known. Read the House Appropriations Committee…


NDAA Update: One Step Closer to Finalized

Yesterday, armed services leaders from the House and the Senate took a significant step forward in wrapping up the 2017 National Defense Authorization. While negotiations are still underway, committee leadership reportedly agreed upon adding around $9 billion to the Pentagon budget to fund wars and fill readiness shortfalls. Since the negotiations are highly sensitive, they…


November 16, 2016

115th Congress Senate Democratic Leadership & Committees

Today Senate Democrats held leadership elections, placing some familiar faces in new roles within the caucus. New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer will take the helm as Minority Leader, a position vacated by Harry Reid (NV) following his retirement at the end of the 114th Congress. Minority Whip goes to Illinois’ Senator Richard Durbin and our…


November 15, 2016

House Dems Delay Leadership Election

House Democrats have delayed their caucus leadership elections which were slated for Thursday. The current Democratic leader,  Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), agreed to the delay at a closed-door conference meeting. Initially it appeared the House Democrats would decide on Thursday whether to go forward with their elections that day but decided today to simply delay the election. Some…


Jindal HHS Secretary Possibility, Carson Out

Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is in the running for Secretary of HHS. He has health care policy in his background. At just 24 years old, he served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and later served as principal policy adviser to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson in President George W. Bush’s administration. Pence…


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