Federal Relations

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…

CR Released, Should Pass This Week

The continuing resolution (CR) was released late last night. The text of the legislation is here. The big news is that the CR will fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. The legislation maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011, which results…

December 6, 2016

CR to be Unveiled Today

The House Leadership has announce that it will release the long-anticipated and negotiated continuing resolution (CR) today. The CR is not expected to have many anomalies and should be level funding from FY 2016 levels.  While there has been much negotiation between an end date in March 2017 or an end date in May 2017,…

December 5, 2016

Senate Passed Cloture on Cures, NDAA & Cures to Pass Wednesday

The Senate invoked cloture Monday evening on legislation (HR 34, 21st Century Cures) designed to spur medical innovation. Eighty-five Senators supported the motion to limit debate and proceed with a vote on the measure. It takes two days for a cloture motion to limit debate to “ripen,” and there already is one pending on the…

Congressional Leaders Ask Trump to Keep Collins

Late Friday, four key Republican health care leaders sent a letter to President-elect Trump asking him to retain NIH’s Francis Collins. The letter was signed by the chairmen of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees from both chambers, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). It was also signed by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions…

Home for the Holidays?

The plan is for Congress to finish all its work for the year this week, with a stopgap spending measure to fund the government through next Spring. When in Spring? That’s still a very good question.  The House Republicans held a conference meeting on Friday that did not resolve how long the stopgap should last or precisely…

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