Federal Relations

May 15, 2017

This Week in Congress, May 15-19

Here is a selection of activities taking place in Congressional Committees this week.   TUESDAY, MAY 16 Senate Environment & Public Works LEVERAGING INFRASTRUCTURE FEDERAL FUNDING May 16, 3:15 p.m., 406 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Senate Finance MEDICARE CHRONIC CONDITION CARE May 16, 10 a.m., 215 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   WEDNESDAY, MAY 17…


May 12, 2017

NIH Hearing from House Labor-H Appropriations Subcommittee

The House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. in 2358-C Rayburn. The hearing will feature NIH Director Francis Collins, accompanied by five institute directors.   Oversight Hearing – Advances in Biomedical Research Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:00 AM  Subcommittee…


FY2018 President’s Budget Proposal Expected Tues, 5/23

The full President’s Budget Proposal for FY 2018 is expected to be released on Tuesday, May 23. Earlier this year, the Administration released the  America First “skinny” budget proposal as well as supplemental appropriations request for FY 2017. Earlier this month, Congress passed the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations measure, which completed the FY 2017 appropriations cycle. The…


May 10, 2017

Student Loan Rates to Increase

The cost of borrowing money from the federal government to pay for college will increase in the coming academic year. The interest rates on new federal student loans are set to jump by more than two-thirds of a percentage point following the U.S. Treasury Department’s sale today of 10-year notes, which is the government security…


May 8, 2017

This week in Congress, May 8-12

Here is a selection of Congressional committee activities this week. MONDAY, MAY 8 RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN 2016 ELECTION 2:30 p.m. May 8, 216 Hart Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee (Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.) of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election.” TUESDAY, MAY 9 Senate Commerce, Science…


House Out, Senate Still Working

The House is out for a pre-scheduled recess this week — and likely to do a victory lap about passing the AHCA last week — while the Senate continues to move through nominations, Russian investigations, and maybe health care reform. Also last week, FY 2017 funding is finally secured, and Congress is beginning to take stock of…


May 5, 2017

Spending Bill Officially Signed Into Law

The FY2017 omnibus appropriations package that was passed by both chambers earlier this week was officially signed into law by President Trump earlier today. His signature officially wraps up the FY2017 appropriations process, enabling the Congress and the Administration to now focus on FY2018, which starts October 1.


What We’re Reading This Week, May 1 – 5

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Comedians Love Trump –  It appears that late-night talkshow hosts love President Trump.  According to an analysis by George Mason University, he is on pace to be become the butt of the hosts’ jokes after his first year more often that any of…


May 4, 2017

House Passes AHCA, the ACA Repeal

By a vote of 217-213, the House passed a bill that would repeal parts of the 2010 health care law and change Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement system to one that limits states’ federal funding. Passage fulfills a core Republican campaign promise of the past seven years. The measure, HR 1628, moves to the Senate, where supporters will face major…


Senate Clears Omnibus

The Senate passed H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill today which will fund the government through Sept. 30. The $1.07 trillion legislation now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The Senate tally was 79-18 . The omnibus legislation includes the 11 unfinished appropriations bills and intelligence authorization legislation, as well as funding for retired…


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