Federal Relations

September 8, 2017

Hurricane-Debt Ceiling-Short-Term Spending Package Expected to be Cleared

In a surprising development earlier this week, President Trump struck a deal with the Democratic leadership in Congress to link measures that would increase the debt ceiling and keep the government funded on a temporary basis to a hurricane-relief bill.  The move caught Congressional Republicans off guard, who had earlier expressed opposition to tying the…

September 6, 2017

Deal Reached on Short-Term Debt, Spending, and Hurricane Package?

It appears that President Trump has sided with the Democrats on a legislative package that would deal with the quickly approaching deadlines to pass annual spending bills and increase the debt ceiling.  The Democratic leadership in Congress had proposed to the White House a short-term spending bill and a short-term debt limit increase, both until December 15,…

September 5, 2017

DHS Provides Additional Materials, Documents on DACA Termination

The Department of Homeland Security has released several documents related to this morning’s announcement that DACA is being rescinded.  These include: A statement from the Acting Secretary of DHS A memo from the Acting Secretary of DHS A fact sheet on the wind-down process prepared by DHS A Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) document A letter from Attorney…

DACA Being “Rescinded”

Earlier this morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program is unconstitutional and is being “rescinded” by the Trump Administration. During his remarks, he added that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has started the “orderly wind down” of the program. DHS has posted the following memo on the steps that it is taking…

August 4, 2017

Senate Follows House and Leaves Town

After voting on a number of nominees for Administration positions yesterday, the Senate followed the lead of the House and left town for a shortened August recess. Although the members of the Senate left Washington yesterday, the chamber will hold pro forma sessions every three days to prevent recess appointments, should dramatic things occur in the…

August 2, 2017

Justice Dept. to Take on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed?

According to a document obtained by The New York Times on Tuesday, the Justice Department may be looking to take on colleges and universities that use race-based admission policies that discriminate against white applicants.  Additional information about this potential development is available here and here.

July 31, 2017

House in Recess, Senate Still in Session

The House has now started its traditional August recess, and will not return until after Labor Day.  After the announcement from Majority Leader McConnell earlier in July that the chamber would stay in for at least a part of August, the Senate is still in session this week. After failing to pass a healthcare bill…

July 28, 2017

House Passes “Minibus” Package

While the Senate was busy with healthcare yesterday, on the other side of the Capitol, the House took up a “minibus” spending package for FY2018, consisting of four bills:  Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction.  The House Republicans combined these four bills as a defense-oriented package, after an initial conversation to pull together…

Healthcare Pulled from Senate Floor as “Skinny Repeal” Fails

In a dramatic vote late last night/early this morning, the Senate defeated by a vote of 49-51 the “skinny” repeal bill. In the end, Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were joined by John McCain in siding with the Democrats to bring down the bill.  It was McCain who cast the deciding vote. It was…

July 27, 2017

Straight Repeal Fails, More Votes Expected During a Long Day

After defeating a repeal-and-replace measure during the first day of debate, the Senate turned down yesterday a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 45- 54. A myriad of alternatives and amendments are expected to be voted on as the Senate continues its consideration, including a “skinny” repeal, the details of which are…

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