Federal Relations

December 6, 2016

CR to be Unveiled Today

The House Leadership has announce that it will release the long-anticipated and negotiated continuing resolution (CR) today. The CR is not expected to have many anomalies and should be level funding from FY 2016 levels.  While there has been much negotiation between an end date in March 2017 or an end date in May 2017,…


December 5, 2016

Senate Passed Cloture on Cures, NDAA & Cures to Pass Wednesday

The Senate invoked cloture Monday evening on legislation (HR 34, 21st Century Cures) designed to spur medical innovation. Eighty-five Senators supported the motion to limit debate and proceed with a vote on the measure. It takes two days for a cloture motion to limit debate to “ripen,” and there already is one pending on the…


Congressional Leaders Ask Trump to Keep Collins

Late Friday, four key Republican health care leaders sent a letter to President-elect Trump asking him to retain NIH’s Francis Collins. The letter was signed by the chairmen of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees from both chambers, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). It was also signed by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions…


Home for the Holidays?

The plan is for Congress to finish all its work for the year this week, with a stopgap spending measure to fund the government through next Spring. When in Spring? That’s still a very good question.  The House Republicans held a conference meeting on Friday that did not resolve how long the stopgap should last or precisely…


Carson for HUD

President-elect Trump has announced his intention to nominate Dr. Ben Carson for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A former Republican presidential candidate, Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who was the director of the Johns Hopkins University’s department of pediatric neurosurgery. He received world-wide renown for separating twins who were conjoined at the head….


December 2, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, November 28 – December 2

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Growing Rift – As Trump fills his Cabinet, the choices (and rumored nominees) are rekindling animosity between his anti-establishment supporters and more traditional Republican. Read more in The New York Times.   Keeping Carrier – To hear Donald Trump tell it, the story of…


Foxx to be Chair of House Education and Workforce Cmte, Trump’s Ed Landing Team

With approval of the full Republican conference, the House Republican Steering Committee has selected Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) as the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress.  She grew up in Appalachia without power and running water and began working as a weaver at age 12 to help…


House Considers NDAA Today

The House will debate and vote on the compromise National Defense Authorization Act today, likely before noon. The measure is expected to pass, though it is unclear by how wide a margin. The White House hasn’t indicated where President Barack Obama will come down on the final bill, though it leaves out many of the…


Mattis for SECDEF

President-elect Trump has named James Mattis to be the Secretary of Defense. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon is largely credited with inspiring the Department of Defense’s operational renewable energy initiatives. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who retired in 2013 from his post as head of U.S. Central Command, has been an outspoken critic…


December 1, 2016

Cures Passes House

Last night, the House approved, 392-26, the 21st Century Cures Act, amended by a Manager’s Amendment submitted by House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI). While the Manager’s Amendment modifies slightly the allocation of funding in the NIH Innovation Account on an annual basis, it maintains the overall level of funding in the Account…


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