Federal Relations

March 16, 2017

Trump Requests Additional Funding for FY2017

Today, the Administration sent a supplemental appropriations request to Congress asking for an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for…

Second Court Suspends Immigration Executive Order

A federal district court in Hawaii has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order for the second Presidential Executive Order on immigration set to go into effect today. This morning, federal judge in Maryland  temporarily blocked parts of President Trump’s revised travel order. Both courts rule that the travel ban was meant to discriminate against Muslims and…

March 15, 2017

Health Care Keeps Moving, Senate Moves on Confirmations

The House will keep moving on health care reform as the Capitol recovers from snow Monday night. While GOP leaders quickly dismissed the CBO’s report on the replacement bill released late Monday as either incomplete or inaccurate, Democrats held the report as evidence that repeal the law should be stopped. The House appears to be moving…

March 14, 2017

House Budget Markup of AHCA Delayed

Happy Pi Day! DC is under snow, and the House Budget Committee has delayed its markup of the ACA replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), until Thursday morning. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited score of the AHCA yesterday, which said that 14 million would lose coverage…

March 13, 2017

CBO Score on ACA Repeal Out

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that 14 million people will lose coverage by 2018 under the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill. 24 million would lose coverage by 2026. Read the report here. 

March 11, 2017

This Week in Congress, March 13-17

March 14   Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Hearing to examine opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure 10am, 366 Senate Dirksen Office Building   March 15   House Committee on Agriculture Hearing to examine “Agriculture and Tax Reform: Opportunities for Rural America” 10am, 1300 Longworth House Office Building   House Committee on the…

March 10, 2017

Four States Seek Temporary Restraining Order Against New Immigration Order

The attorneys general of four states—Washington, Oregon, New York, and Massachusetts—asked U.S. District Judge James Robart on Thursday to issue a temporary restraining order against the new Trump Administration immigration order, which was issued earlier this week. The attorneys general have argued, in essence, that the ruling that barred the initial immigration order should apply…

Senate Repeals Teacher Education Regulations

Employing the same method used by the House in February, the Senate rolled back on Wednesday the regulations issued by the Education Department in the last days of the Obama Administration aimed at teacher education and training programs at institutions of higher education.

March 9, 2017

Mark Up Still Going

The House Ways and Means (W&M) Committee finished their portion of the Republican ACA repeal measure around 4:30 am this morning. The Committee approved their marked up draft by a vote of  23-16. The panel worked through the night, with Republicans overcoming Democratic protests that the process was rushed and the bill would force Americans to…

March 8, 2017

House Passes FY2017 DOD Approps Bill

Today, the House voted 371 to 48 to pass HR 1301, the FY2017 Defense Department spending measure. The legislation replaces the continuing resolution  for the Pentagon and falls well within the budget control law’s caps on overall defense spending with a total of $577.9 billion. That is is below the sequester levels may allow it to…

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