Federal Relations

January 29, 2018

Azar Sworn In as HHS Secretary

Earlier today, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was confirmed by the Senate last week.


Pres. Trump to Deliver SOTU Tomorrow

In an address before Congress tomorrow, President Trump is scheduled to deliver his first official State of the Union speech.  In his remarks, he expected to raise, among other issues, immigration, infrastructure, and the economy. The Administration released its framework on immigration last week.  A document that is purported to be a leaked copy of the Administration’s thinking on infrastructure…


This Week in Congress, January 29 – February 2

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week.   U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE RULES Full Committee Business Meeting Defense Appropriations 5 p.m. Jan. 29, H-313, U.S. Capitol HOUSE EDUCATION & THE WORKFORCE Full Committee Hearing Education Evidence-Based Policymaking Jan. 30, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg. HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee Hearing…


January 26, 2018

White House Unveils Immigration Framework

The White House shared with Congress yesterday its “framework” for immigration reform, which includes, in general terms, the Administration’s plan for “Dreamers.”  The text of the framework is available here. Key parts of the plan include: a 10- to 12-year pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA-eligible individuals; $25-billion trust fund for a border wall; and,…


January 24, 2018

Azar Confirmed

Alex Azar was confirmed by the Senate earlier this afternoon as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services by a vote of 55 – 43.


OMB Targets Feb 12

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced the intent to release the Administration’s FY 2019 President’s Budget Request to Congress on February 12. Incidentally, that date is the Monday following the date set for the the expiration of recent CR passed earlier this week. The release was slightly delayed because of time lost during…


Senate to Take Up HHS Nomination

The full Senate is scheduled to take up today the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Azar is not a new-comer to the HHS as he served as Deputy Secretary during the George W. Bush Administration.  He has recently been an executive at the pharmaceutical…


January 22, 2018

House Passes CR, Trump Signs It

The House has passed and President Trump has signed the CR passed earlier today by the Senate. The federal government is back open and expected to operate normally tomorrow.


Senate Clears 17-Day CR

After agreeing to bring up a short-term continuing resolution (CR) earlier in the day that would end the three-day government shutdown, the Senate officially approved it this afternoon.  The 17-day measure would keep the government funded through Thursday, February 8.  The House is expected to take up the CR later today.


Agreement Reached on CR, Government Expected to Re-open

After a weekend and morning of negotiations among a bipartisan group of members, the Senate agreed today to move forward on a three-week continuing resolution (CR), which would fund the government through Thursday, February 8. Although it does not include a fix to the DACA, which was the cause of the shutdown, a commitment today…


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