February 23, 2017
Title IX Transgender Memo Rescinded
The Trump Administration has rescinded an Obama directive aimed at protecting the rights of transgender students in public schools. A two-page guidance letter from the departments of Justice and Education told schools ihat the policy has caused a rash of lawsuits nationwide and needs to be reconsidered. The letter states that the Obama Administration’s interpretation of federal law –…
February 21, 2017
This Week in Congress, Feb. 21-24
The House & Senate are both in recess this week. They’ll be back in DC next Monday, February 27 to begin a six-week sprint toward a two-week recess around the Easter holiday in April. Check the blog again next Monday for an update on committee activities!
Trump Aims to Release FY18 Budget Outline in Mid-March
The Trump Administration is aiming to release its FY 2018 budget outline on March 14, an unnamed White House official told CQ over the weekend. The budget outline is not expected to be a comprehensive budget, but instead a “skinny” skeleton of what the Administration intends the full budget to look like. Some are expressing…
February 17, 2017
Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA
By a vote of 52 to 46, the Senate approved on Friday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
What We’re Reading This Week, February 13 – 17
Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Roll It Back – President Trump has embarked on the most aggressive campaign against government regulation since President Reagan. Use of the Congressional Review Act is the first means the Administration is using to remove existing regulations. Read more in The Washington Post. …
February 16, 2017
Trump Announces New Labor Secretary Pick
Today President Trump announced his new pick to head up the Department of Labor. Alexander Acosta, a former Justice Department official and current dean of Florida International University College of Law, is his new pick for labor secretary. The announcement comes one day after Trumps initial pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination for the position. Senate Republicans…
Mulvaney Confirmed as Head of OMB
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Democrats in opposing Mulvaney’s nomination.
Gorsuch’s Confirmation Process Starts March 20
Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch have been scheduled to begin March 20. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is expected to last three to four days. Questioning of the Judge Gorsuch will begin on March 21. Senators will hear testimony from outside experts as well as the nominee.
February 15, 2017
Nominee for Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder is expected to withdraw his nomination shortly. Given recent developments on Puzder’s record (both professional and private) and recent issues with other Trump advisors, Republican support for the nominee has weakened. His hearing, set for this week, is expected to be cancelled, and his official resignation is expected shortly.
Mulvaney Moves Forward
By a vote of 52-48, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s nominee for OMB Director, has cleared a procedural vote. This move would allow a final vote on Mulvaney Thursday evening.