Federal Relations

November 17, 2016

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…


November 14, 2016

New Member Orientation and the Perils of Lame Duck

After a bruising election, House and Senate are both back in session today to figure out how (and what) to move forward in the Lame Duck. The overall priority will be to find a way to fund the government into next year. Also on the agenda are a series of bills including the National Defense Authorization Act…


Trump Chief of Staff and Senior Strategist Named

Reince Prebus and Steve Bannon have been named to key leadership positions in the West Wing for the Trump Administration. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will serve as Trump’s White House chief of staff. Priebus has a long relationship with fellow Wisconsin Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan. At just 44, Priebus is already among the…


November 11, 2016

Pence to Head Transition

Today, President Elect Trump named his Vice President- Elect Mike Pence as the new head of the transition team with strong input from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Previously, the transition team was headed by long-time Trump supporter, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). The transition team is responsible for filling over 4000 positions within the new Administration,…


November 10, 2016

115th Congress House Committee Outlook

In the 115th Congress, there will be twenty openings for committee and subcommittee chair positions in the House of Representatives due to the GOP’s self-imposed six year term limits on chairmanship. Here are a few of the committees we’re paying attention to. APPROPRIATIONS: The current chair of Appropriations, Hal Rogers, has reached his six year…


Meet the New Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Here’s a look at the 53 new Members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. ARIZONA Tom O’Halleran, D-AZ (1ST District) – The former Chicago homicide detective and ex-member of the Chicago Board of Trade’s board of directors spent two years in the Arizona Senate and six years in the House as a Republican. He…


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