Federal Relations

January 30, 2017

Senate Committees Set to Vote on Cabinet Nominees

A number of Senate committees are scheduled to vote on Cabinet nominees this week. Monday evening, the Senate Finance Committee is slated to vote on the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to be the Secretary of the Treasury. The following day, the committee is also currently scheduled to vote on the nomination of Rep. Tom Price…


Trump to Announce Supreme Court Pick Tuesday

This morning President Trump tweeted that he plans to announce his pick to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court on Tuesday at 8 PM.  Trump previously narrowed the field to three potential nominees, Judge William Pryor of Alabama, Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado and Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania. The Senate must…


Congressional Review Act: An Overview

Since the November elections, there have been discussions about rolling back unpopular regulations issued by the Obama Administration in late 2016.  One of the tools being discussed as a possible vehicle to pull back a number of regulations is the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which was adopted in 1996 as part of the Republican “Contract…


January 29, 2017

Judge Halts Immigration Executive Order, With Limits

Last night, a Brooklyn judge halted parts of an Executive Order on Immigration the White House issued Friday that bars immigrants and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US. Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York issued a stay on the Administration’s immigration Executive Order issued Friday saying that individuals with…


January 28, 2017

Administration Issues Executive Actions on Immigration and More

The White House issued a series of executive actions late Friday. An Executive Order limiting immigration and suspending immigrant benefits of foreign nationals from certain countries. A Presidential Memorandum with a plan on how to defeat ISIS. A Presidential Memorandum reorganizing the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council. A Presidential Memorandum on rebuilding the US Armed…


January 27, 2017

What We’re Reading This Week, January 23 – 27

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. It’s A What? – A week in to President Trump’s tenure, his Administration has been very active on in the executive action arena issuing Executive Orders and Presidential Memorandum. What’s the difference (not much). Read about the in The Washington Post.  Working…


Administration Regulatory Reform Update

Last week, White House Chief of Staff, Reince Preibus, issued a memorandum to all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations — giving the new Administration time to review them, which is a common practice for any incoming administration. For any regulations that have yet to be sent for publishing in the Federal Register,…


January 26, 2017

Federal Grant Update

Some initial actions and comments from the incoming Trump Administration have prompted questions and concerns from faculty, researchers, and the media, regarding federal research. Particularly, questions have pertained to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants. Here is what we know: It is not uncommon for incoming administrations to issue a hold on grants at the beginning of their tenure. The current…


Executive Orders Continue During Busy First Week of New Administration

During a busy first week in office, the new president continued to issue memorandums a executive orders throughout the entire week. On Wednesday, he issued executive orders related to the building of a new wall along the southern border of the country as well as one partially aimed at punishing “sanctuary” jurisdictions with respect to…


January 25, 2017

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Leadership for 115th

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee finalized its subcommittee rosters and leadership. Senator Patty Murray will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in addition to serving on the Subcommittees for Defense; Energy and Water Development; Homeland Security; Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs; and Transportation, Housing and…


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