Federal Relations

November 30, 2012

STEM Jobs Act Approved

By a vote of 245 to 139, the House passed this afternoon the STEM Jobs Act (HR 6429) offered by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Lamar Smith (R-TX).  The bill, which previously failed in September on suspension of the rules, would create 55,000 STEM visas for graduates of Carnegie Foundation rated (very high…


Senate Work Schedule for 2013

Senate 2013 Calendar – 113th Congress, First Session  Convene – 113th Congress – Thursday, January 3 Inauguration – Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) February 18 – 22 State Work Period (Presidents’ Day February 18) March 25 – April 5 State Work Period (Passover March 26-27; Good Friday March 29; Easter March 31)…


Herrera Beutler Joins House Appropriations Committee

The House Republican Steering Committee yesterday named six new GOP members to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 113th Congress, including one of our own: Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3).  Congratulations Congresswoman Herrera Beutler! Other new GOP members include: Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3) Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) Rep. David Joyce (OH-14) Rep. Thomas…


November 29, 2012

No Deal Yet to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that “no substantive progress has been made” on fiscal cliff negotiations, and warned that if Democrats don’t come up with a better compromise on entitlements and spending then “there’s a real danger of going off the fiscal cliff.”  This confirms that talks to stave off the full range…


November 28, 2012

Alternative to Dream Act Introduced

As the Los Angeles Times is reporting, three republican senators introduced an alternative version of the Dream Act on Tuesday that would give legal status for young immigrants brought to the US unlawfully as children.  The effort, called the Achieve Act and launched by retiring senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) and…


November 27, 2012

No Earmarking in 113th Congress

It appears that earmarks will remain “taboo” when the new congress convenes in January. During organizational meetings the week before Thanksgiving, the House Republicans voted to extend the current ban on earmarking for the entire two years of the 113th Congress. That leaves the House Democrats, who meet for their organizational meetings on Thursday, no…


November 20, 2012

Sequestration Update

Following their private meeting last week, President Obama and House and Senate leaders expressed confidence that they would be able to reach agreement on a means of averting the year-end “fiscal cliff” of expiring tax benefits and deep, across-the-board budget cuts required by the sequester.  Congress is out of session this week for the Thanksgiving…


November 13, 2012

Lame Duck Begins

Congress returns to Capitol Hill today to kick off the lame-duck session.  They are expected to work this week, break next week for Thanksgiving, and then return the last week in November for three more weeks.  During this session lawmakers will tackle big issues including sequestration, taxes, and disaster aid – among other issues. Congress…


November 8, 2012

Post Election Look

After a long and tenuous campaign season, the election results are in and essentially reflect the status quo. President Obama will serve a second term as President, the Senate will remain in the control of Democrats, and the House will remain in the control of Republicans. While the party-makeup of the new Congress will essentially…


November 5, 2012

One More Day…

Tomorrow is election day – finally! Regardless of who wins the presidency, he will have to move quickly to find a solution to avert the fiscal cliff that can muster enough votes in a politically divided Congress.  As I’ve been reporting for much of the year, Congress must take action by the end of the…


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