Federal Relations

September 19, 2016

Senate Moves Vote Back

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the the procedural vote (cloture vote) to proceed with the continuing resolution has been moved. The vote is now scheduled to take place at 2:15 pm on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Long Weekend Negotiating for Unclear Week Ahead

Negotiations to craft a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) continued throughout the weekend as Congressional Leadership worked to nail down an agreement ahead of a Monday night procedural vote in the Senate. At 5:30 pm tonight, the Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote, a cloture vote, intended to move forward with the package. It should…

September 16, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, September 12-16

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. We Just Don’t Like You – After a tough week for both candidates, Trump isn’t doing well, but neither is Clinton. While national polls still show Clinton with a lead, it’s becoming more obvious that Clinton is the least-popular major party nominee of…

September 15, 2016

Senate Pushes CR Off Until Monday

After a week of declarations and revisions, the Senate has postponed their consideration of a CR until Monday. Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle conceded they are not prepared to wrap up negotiations this week. Congressional leaders and appropriators have been working on the funding bill since coming back into session earlier this month….

September 13, 2016

NCAA Championships Moved Away From North Carolina

The NCAA has announced it will no longer hold championship tournament games in North Carolina, citing a law passed by the state last year that eliminates discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The law, House Bill 2, gained national attention for mandating that individuals use the bathroom associated with the gender listed on their birth…

September 12, 2016

House Oversight to Hold Hearing on Endowments

The House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing on university endowments tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th at 10 AM/ET. Titled, “Back to School: A Review of Tax-Exempt College and University Endowments,” the hearing is following up on an October 2015 hearing on, “The Rising Costs of Higher Education and Tax Policy.” The committee…

September 9, 2016

Hiccup with a CR

Writing a stopgap spending measure, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to avoid a government shutdown on October 1st, just got a bit harder than lawmakers anticipated. Typically, CRs extend current funding levels into the new fiscal year for a short duration. Unfortunately, there’s a hitch this time. If current FY2016 funding is simply extended, it…

What We’re Reading This Week, September 6-9

Here’s a selection of article the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Stepping Up – The House Freedom Caucus wasted no time since returning from their summer recess showing just how tough they can make life for Speaker Paul Ryan — and for Democrat Hillary Clinton if she becomes President. They’re pressuring Ryan to oppose…

September 6, 2016

They’re BACK!!!!

After seven weeks of recess, the House and Senate are back to work today.  Congressional lawmakers now have approximately 17 legislative days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year (FY 2017) begins on October 1. As we saw last year (a non-election year), coming to an agreement on how to allocate…

September 2, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, August 29 – September 2

Happy end of August Recess. Here are a few articles the Federal Relations team has been enjoying this week. Just 90 – According to ‘carbon accountant’ Richard Heede there are 90 companies contribute two thirds of the global carbon emissions. Among those, the top eight companies — ranked according to annual and cumulative emissions —…

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