Federal Relations

November 29, 2016

Trump Names nominees for HHS Secretary and CMS Administrator

Early today, President-elect Trump announced he has selected Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) as his nominee for Secretary of HHS and Seema Verma as Administrator of CMS. Rep Tom Price (R-GA) Price is the current House Budget Committee Chairman. An orthopedic surgeon by trade and a staunch conservative, Price has been a vocal and active opponent of…


November 28, 2016

They’re BACK & 21st Century Cures to be Considered by the House

Congress is back today for the remainder of its lame-duck session. While both the House and Senate are slated to be in session until December 16, Republicans appear content to run out the clock until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20, which could make for a much shorter and less eventful lame…


November 27, 2016

Compromise on Cures Heads to House

The House Rules Committee has noticed that 21st Century Cures will be considered next week. The package is expected on the House floor on Wednesday, November 30. The legislation is expected to be added as an amendment to an existing bill (H.R. 34) to allow for expedited action in the Senate.  The House Rules Committee’s summary…


November 23, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, November 21 – 25

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Medicaid Worries – In places like rural Kentucky, the ACA was a life changing law for Medicaid patients. Eliminating the expansion will have serious impacts. Read more at NPR.   Trump & TV – Representatives from the broadcast and cable-TV news networks…


DeVos to be ED Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump is nominating Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. A billionaire GOP donor, she also once served as head of the Michigan Republican Party. DeVos is a vocal advocate of allowing parents to use school vouchers to seek alternative schools and other policies strongly opposed by teachers unions. She is the current chairwoman of the…


Trump Taps SC Gov. Nikki Haley for UN

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his ambassador to the United Nations. She is the first woman Trump has tapped to his cabinet, and would add diversity as a woman and the daughter of immigrants from India. A rising star in the GOP, she is the first woman to…


November 22, 2016

Trump Won’t Prosecute Clinton

Today on the MSNBC program, Morning Joe, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said that President-elect Trump will not pursue prosecution of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when Trump is President.  While on the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue the investigations, arguing that President Obama and the Clintons had used their…


November 21, 2016

Trump First Day Agenda

President-elect Trump posted a 2 minute 37 second video on You Tube, which is the first time he’s addressed the American people directly since the election. Mr. Trump’s video included six calls for action on trade, immigration, energy, regulatory curbs, national security (specifically cyber infrastructure), and lobbying ethics changes, most of which have already been…


Thanksgiving Recess

Congress is out for the Thanksgiving Recess. They return next week to address the CR, and what that should entail as well as the NDAA, 21st Century Cures, the Water Resources Development bill, and any other legislation they can possibly get passed. Thanksgiving is a federal holiday observed on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving…


November 18, 2016

Trump’s First Cabinet Picks Announced

The Trump transition team has announced it’s first picks for the cabinet.  National Security Advisor: Michael Flynn, Retired General – Flynn served as one of the Trump’s top confidants during the campaign, joining him during some of his early intelligence briefings. Flynn gained a reputation as a skilled but combative intelligence officer during his 33-year career. However,…


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