Federal Relations

December 19, 2017

Final Tax Bill Passed by House

Earlier this afternoon, the House cleared by a vote of 227 to 203 the final version of the tax reform legislation.  H. R. 1 is now headed to the Senate. In the end, 12 Republicans joined 191 Democrats in opposing the bill.

House Releases $81 Billion Supplemental

Totaling $81 billion, the supplemental spending bill (HR 4667) released Monday evening is $37 billion more than the $44 billion the Trump Administration requested in mid-November. As supplemental appropriations, the money is designated as emergency spending, which does not require offsets under congressional budget rules. The White House included a list of offsets, which can be found…

December 13, 2017

House Committee Clears HEA Reauthorization Bill

In a marathon markup session that lasted well into the evening, the House Education and the Workforce Committee cleared yesterday the PROSPER Act (H.R. 4508), its version of the bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), by a vote 23 to 17.  A copy of the bill is available here. During the session, approximately 60…

December 11, 2017

This Week in Congress, December 11-15

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week. U.S. Senate SENATE COMMERCE, SCIENCE & TRANSPORTATION Subcommittee Hearing National Ocean Policy Dec. 12, 2:30 p.m., 253 Russell Bldg. SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR & PENSIONS Full Committee Hearing Prescription Drug Costs Dec. 12, 10 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg. SENATE JUDICIARY Full Committee Hearing Ensuring…

December 8, 2017

What we’re reading, Dec. 4-8

Here’s a selection of articles that are keeping us informed this week. Shutdown Showdown – House Republicans are working on a multistep government funding strategy that involves a two-week stopgap measure to keep the lights on beyond Dec. 8 and fully funding defense by Christmas. No final decisions have been made but the idea GOP leaders have…

Shutdown Averted… For Now

Both chambers of Congress cleared yesterday another short-term spending package that would keep the government funded through December 22.  The old spending agreement ends at midnight Saturday. Although the government remains funded for another two weeks, there still is no agreement on many of the unresolved issues that will need to be addressed before a final package…

December 7, 2017

House Considering Two-Week Spending Extension

The House is currently debating a measure to keep the federal government open for another two weeks. The current short-term package expires after tomorrow and another extension is needed by then to prevent large parts of the government from shutting down. The two-week extension, through December 22, would buy negotiators additional time to reach an agreement…

December 6, 2017

DHS Pick Confirmed

The Senate confirmed yesterday by a vote of 62 – 37 Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She replaces John Kelly, who resigned from that position to become the White House Chief of Staff.  She served most recently as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff under Kelly.  She also worked for Kelly before…

December 4, 2017

House Moves to Go to Conference This Week

Tonight, the House is expected to pass a motion to go to conference on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate version of the measure was passed late Friday. The Senate is expected to follow suit, and the full list of conferees is expected shortly.

Another Short-term Funding Measure Unveiled

On Saturday, the House leadership unveiled a short-term spending bill that would keep the government funded through December 22. Because none of the 12 annual spending bills have been signed into law for FY2018, which started October 1, a continuing resolution (CR) was needed to keep the government open at current levels until negotiations over funding could…

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