Federal Relations

January 19, 2018

Shut Down Likely

At midnight tonight, the Continuing Resolution passed in December 2017 will expire. Presently, it does not look like Congress will be able to agree on a short or long term funding solution, and a shutdown is highly likely. Agencies are circulating memos advising staff how to proceed in the high likelihood there is a shutdown…

CR Stymied in Senate

After the House passage of the four-week CR, the Senate then voted to begin deliberations. However,  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to lack the 60 votes required to send the CR to President Trump for his signature. There are 51 Republican Senators and several Republican Senators have announced they would not vote for the House-passed measure….

January 18, 2018

House Passes CR

The House voted 230 – 197 to approve a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through February 16 and renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. It does not include any immigration provisions to address DACA, Dreamers, or the border. The measure goes on to the Senate.

January 16, 2018

This Week in Congress, January 15-19

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week. January 16 Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Hearing to examine the “Domestic and Global Energy Outlook” 10:00am, 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building January 17 House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space Hearing to examine “An Update on NASA Commercial…

January 12, 2018

What We’re Reading, January 8-12

Here is a selection of articles we’ve read this week. Politico Special Report – Does the white working class really vote against its own interests? In exchange for policies like the new tax bill, which several nonpartisan analyses conclude will lower taxes on the wealthy and raise them for the working class, did they really just settle for a wall that will…

January 3, 2018

Two New Senators To Be Sworn In Today

After they get sworn in today, the Senate will have two new members. Doug Jones (D-AL), who beat Roy Moore in a chaotic race to replace Luther Strange, who was appointed to Jeff Sessions’ seat when he became Attorney General, will join the chamber as one of its newest members. He will join the Senate…

December 22, 2017

Funding Crisis Averted, Tax Bill is Signed Today

both chambers of Congress passed yet another FY2018 continuing resolution this evening, the House by a vote of 231-188 and the Senate by a vote of 66-32.  This most recent CR would keep the government running through 19 January, and has been sent to the president for his signature, just a day before the current…

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…

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