Federal Relations

February 13, 2017

More Cabinet Positions, House Works on Reg Repeal

Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, will get a vote around 7 p.m. tonight in what’s become a drawn-out process in the Senate. Following the final vote on Mnunchin  there will a procedural vote on on David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Mnunchin is expected to pass and once he does the Treasury Secretary…

February 10, 2017

What We’re Reading This Week, February 6 -10

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Nominees – As Trump’s cabinet moves on through the Senate to be confirmed, it is confusing as to who has been confirmed when. Read about the status in The Washington Post.  Whither Funding? – The appropriations process this year will be a tough…

Appeals Court Upholds Decision on Travel Ban

A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit of Appeals kept in place Thursday a temporary restraining order against the Trump Administration executive order that sought, among other things, to bar visa holders from seven nations from entering the United States. The original order was issued by a federal district judge in Western Washington after a suit…

Price Confirmed, Mnuchin Next

In the wee hours of the morning (just after 2 am), the Senate voted 52-47 to approve the nomination of Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price had solid backing from Senate Republicans. The chamber’s Democrats delayed the final vote by holding the floor for the full 30 hours permitted to them under Senate…

February 9, 2017

DeVos’ First Day

Wednesday was the first day for newly confirmed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  She spent her first day meeting staffers and touring the department as well as addressing all staff. In her address, DeVos sought to move beyond the contentious confirmation process and unite the department, which she acknowledged likely has some staffers who disagree with her…

Attorney General Nominee Confirmed

After a very contentious debate on the Senate floor, the chamber voted to confirm Wednesday evening Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as the next Attorney General of the United States by a vote of 52-47. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Sessions. Senator Sessions abstained from voting for himself….

February 8, 2017

Senators Cotton and Perdue Unveil RAISE Act

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) have introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act. The legislative text has not yet been posted. The measure would lower overall immigration to 637,960 in its first year and to 539,958 by its tenth year-a 50 percent reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015….

Another Tough Night in the Senate, Confirmations Roll On

During the second long night of debate (Democrats having debated the DeVos vote all night long), the Senate, which is normally very collegial and staid, voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Tuesday evening during her her speech on Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)’s nomination for Attorney General. Senator Warren was reading a letter from Mrs….

February 7, 2017

DeVos Confirmed

Today, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The vote was 51-50 — a tie that forced Vice President Mike Pence to cast the deciding vote. The Vice President has never had to cast the deciding ballot in a confirmation vote before. DeVos becomes the nation’s 11th Secretary of Education after long and contentious…

February 6, 2017

This Week in Congress, Feb. 6-10

Here’s a selection of committee hearings that are taking place this week.   House Education & the Workforce HIGHER EDUCATION Feb. 7, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Hearing   House Energy & Commerce HEALTH CARE ISSUES Feb. 7, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Markup   House Science, Space & Technology MAKING EPA GREAT…

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