Federal Relations

January 26, 2017

Federal Grant Update

Some initial actions and comments from the incoming Trump Administration have prompted questions and concerns from faculty, researchers, and the media, regarding federal research. Particularly, questions have pertained to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants. Here is what we know: It is not uncommon for incoming administrations to issue a hold on grants at the beginning of their tenure. The current…


Executive Orders Continue During Busy First Week of New Administration

During a busy first week in office, the new president continued to issue memorandums a executive orders throughout the entire week. On Wednesday, he issued executive orders related to the building of a new wall along the southern border of the country as well as one partially aimed at punishing “sanctuary” jurisdictions with respect to…


January 25, 2017

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Leadership for 115th

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee finalized its subcommittee rosters and leadership. Senator Patty Murray will serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in addition to serving on the Subcommittees for Defense; Energy and Water Development; Homeland Security; Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs; and Transportation, Housing and…


January 23, 2017

This Week in Congress, January 23-27

This week in committees.   MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017   Senate Foreign Relations Committee NOMINATION OF REX TILLERSON FOR SECRETARY OF STATE 4:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 419 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Markup   TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017   House Budget Committee FAILURES OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT Jan. 23, 10:15 a.m., 210 Cannon Full Committee…


Trump Issues Memos on TPP, Federal Hiring Freeze, and US Foreign Aid

President Donald Trump signed three presidential memos on Monday freezing federal hiring, withdrawing the US from the TPP, and banning US foreign aid from performing or promoting abortions. First, President Donald Trump moved Monday to make good on a campaign promise to shrink the size of the federal government, issuing a memo to freeze federal…


More Confirmation Hearings, Republican Retreat

It’s a busy short week for Congress. House and Senate Republicans head to Philadelphia this week to begin sorting out fiscal priorities for the coming year in the party’s annual retreat.  The retreat should lay out the first 100 days game plan for the Administration and Congressional Republicans and could lay the groundwork for setting fiscal…


Trump Appointments as of 1/19

Administration appointments as of January 19th. WHITE HOUSE STAFF Chief of Staff – Reince Priebus – head of the RNC Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser to the Chief of Staff – Sean Cairncross – Republican National Committee Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial…


January 20, 2017

Mattis Confirmed as SECDEF

Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, the Senate on Friday confirmed two of his national security cabinet nominees. The Senate confirmed retired Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon as Defense Secretary. A four-star general who retired in 2013, Mattis required a waiver to take the top Pentagon job since he hasn’t…


Trump’s First Executive Actions

True to his word, President Trump has issued an Executive Order (EO) impacting the ACA. First, Trump signed a broad EO giving all federal agencies wide latitude to change, delay or waive provisions of the law that they deemed overly costly for insurers, drug makers, doctors, patients or states. The order also directs agencies to…


What We’re Reading This Week, January 16 – 20

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. @POTUS – It’s official. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States, and he officially takes over the @POTUS handle today. President Obama and all of his prior tweets have been moved to @POTUS44. As president, Trump plans on keeping…


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