Federal Relations

December 19, 2016

Electoral College Votes Today

The 538 members of the electoral college will gather at state capitols across the country this afternoon to cast their ballots for President. The usually symbolic ceremonies, full of pomp and circumstance, have drawn intense attention this year.  There has been much effort made to dissuade the electors from voting for Trump.   To be…


December 16, 2016

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

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is reading this week. Unusuals – In the wake of the election, speculation had focused on whether President-elect Trump’s personnel choices would be drawn from the GOP establishment or from people antagonistic toward it. While his picks are not anti-establishment in any real sense, it’s also hard to…


COMPETES Reauthorization Heads to President for Signature

Just moments ago, the House of Representatives passed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S.3084). It was passed under suspension of the rules, during a pro forma session.  The measure passed the Senate on June 22, 2016 by unanimous consent. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the bill authorizes $7.5 billion for NSF, which is the…


December 14, 2016

Two Budgets Next Year

Congress will do two budget resolutions next year. The first will be aimed at the ACA early in the Congress and the second effort at reconciliation will be aimed at tax reform, which should be in the Spring. The first budget that House and Senate Republicans will unveil early next year will include reconciliation instructions to…


Zinke to Interior

President-elect Donald Trump has offered Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-T) the position of Interior Secretary. The previous front-runner for the post was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).  Zinke, who won his seat in 2014, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL commander who has taken strong stances on conservation and public lands issues. He voted against the 2016…


December 13, 2016

Perry as Energy Secretary

President-elect Trump has reportedly picked former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. During his time of governor, Perry, who succeeded 41st President George W. Bush as Texas’ top official in 2000, preached an “all-the-above” energy mix, including contributions from oil and gas, wind energy, carbon capture and storage technology, and nuclear power….


December 10, 2016

CR Passes, Happy Holidays!

In a late Friday night vote, the Senate passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through April 28, 2017 by a vote of 62-34. The House passed the measure earlier in the week, and with the Senate’s passage, a government shutdown has been averted. There was much uncertainty thrown into the CR at…


December 9, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, December 5-9

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Ignored – House Democrats are in the midst of a post-election leadership expansion designed largely to amplify the voices of lawmakers in the heartland, where voters flocked to Donald Trump and propped up vulnerable Republicans down the ballot. But after a series of votes…


December 7, 2016

Cures Passes Senate, On to President

By a vote of 94-5, the Senate passed HR 34, the  21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign into law.


Trump Picks Pruitt for EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a frequent critic of the Obama Administration, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, 48, has emerged as a hero to conservative activists. He is one of a number of Republican attorneys general who have formed an alliance with some of the nation’s top energy…


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