Federal Relations

July 17, 2017

This week in Congress, July 17-21

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JULY 18 Senate Appropriations ENERGY-WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS July 18, 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup House Science, Space & Technology NASA PLANETARY FLAGSHIP MISSIONS July 18, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 House Natural Resources…


Will a Massive 12-bill Spending Package Move?

The House Republican leadership this week is planning to check with their rank-and-file members on their level of receptivity to idea of moving a massive 12-bill omnibus appropriations package for the upcoming FY2018 before the August recess.  The notion of combining all 12 annual spending measures for FY2018 and moving them together as a piece of…


July 16, 2017

Senate Floor Action on Healthcare Bill Delayed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced late Saturday that the Senate consideration of the revised healthcare legislation will be postponed.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had a blood clot removed on Friday and is not expected to return to the Senate the week of July 17.  With two members who have already publicly declared their opposition…


July 14, 2017

Definition of “bona fide” relationship expanded by federal judge

A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that the list of relatives created by the Trump Administration in its attempt to define a “bona fide” relationship with respect to its modified travel ban against six majority-Muslim nations is too narrow. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited ban to go into effect and is scheduled…


Appropriations Process Trying to Move Forward?

The 12 individuals appropriations bills for FY2018 in the House have all now been cleared by their respective subcommittees and six have been approved by the full Appropriations Committee.  Meanwhile, one bill has seen action on the other side of the Capitol. While this may signal some movement on this front, the total amount of…


July 13, 2017

Text of New Senate Healthcare Bill Released

As expected, the Senate Republicans released earlier today the text of the revised version of their healthcare legislation.  The bill language is available here. It is unclear at this point whether this version will generate enough support for passage.  The previous version had to be pulled from consideration because of too much opposition from within the Republican…


House Spending Bill Includes Helpful Language on F&A

The House spending bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2018 includes helpful language on the facilities and administrative (F&A) costs issue. The bill includes the following language on the issue: In making Federal financial assistance, the NIH shall continue to apply the provisions relating to indirect costs in part 75…


July 11, 2017

Senate Postpones August Recess

Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the August recess will begin two weeks later than originally scheduled. Whereas the Senate calendar had recess beginning on Monday, July 31, the summer recess period will now begin on Monday, August 14th. The delay will allow the Senate Republicans extra time to work on their efforts to…


July 10, 2017

This week in Congress, July 10-14

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JULY 11 TRANSPORTATION-HUD APPROPRIATIONS July 11, 7 p.m., 2358-A Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Markup WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 House Appropriations ENERGY-WATER/AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS July 12, 10:30 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Markup House Energy & Commerce OPIOID CRISIS IN THE STATES July…


Congress Returns to Town

After its July Fourth recess, Congress returns to Washington for three weeks before leaving town for a scheduled five-week August recess. The Senate Republicans are still trying to address intra-party differences on a “repeal and replace” healthcare bill.  In the House, the Appropriations Committee continues to press forward on its versions of FY2018 spending bills even…


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