Federal Relations

February 27, 2017

An Increase of $54 Billion for Defense and Corresponding Cuts to Non-Defense Programs Sought

In its initial proposal outlining the Administration’s budget goals for FY2018, the White House is seeking an increase of $54 billion to $603 billion overall for defense programs. To maintain the overall topline budget number, the Administration is seeking offsets in non-defense related programs. Federal Relations continues to monitor developments on this front.

Administration Budget Proposal to Call for Increase in Defense, Cuts to Domestic Programs

The Trump White House will send today to the federal agencies its draft FY2018 budget proposal that will seek increases for defense and veterans’ programs while looking to cut domestic programs. The proposal being shared with the agencies today will only address the discretionary programs — those that must be funded through the annual appropriations process—and…

February 24, 2017

What We’re Reading This Week, February 20 – 24

Here is a selection of articles that the Federal Relations Team is reading this week: Former House Speaker Boehner’s Interesting Take – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who was replaced as Speaker by Paul Ryan (R-WI), continues to offer up views and statements on issues that he likely would not have made were he…

DeVos Takes on “Education Establishment”

In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 23, the new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that higher education faculty tell students what to say and what to think.  Her prepared speech reads, in part: The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and…

February 23, 2017

Release of New Immigration Executive Order Pushed Back

Despite statements earlier from the Administration that it would release the next executive order (EO) on immigration this week, the White House announced February 22 that the new EO will not be released until next week.

Title IX Transgender Memo Rescinded

The Trump Administration has rescinded an Obama directive aimed at protecting the rights of transgender students in public schools. A two-page guidance letter from the departments of Justice and Education told schools ihat the policy has caused a rash of lawsuits nationwide and needs to be reconsidered. The letter states that the Obama Administration’s interpretation of federal law –…

February 21, 2017

This Week in Congress, Feb. 21-24

The House & Senate are both in recess this week. They’ll be back in DC next Monday, February 27 to begin a six-week sprint toward a two-week recess around the Easter holiday in April. Check the blog again next Monday for an update on committee activities!

Trump Aims to Release FY18 Budget Outline in Mid-March

The Trump Administration is aiming to release its FY 2018 budget outline on March 14, an unnamed White House official told CQ over the weekend. The budget outline is not expected to be a comprehensive budget, but instead a “skinny” skeleton of what the Administration intends the full budget to look like. Some are expressing…

February 17, 2017

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

By a vote of 52 to 46, the Senate approved on Friday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

What We’re Reading This Week, February 13 – 17

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Roll It Back – President Trump has embarked on the most aggressive campaign against government regulation since President Reagan. Use of the Congressional Review Act is the first means the Administration is using to remove existing regulations. Read more in The Washington Post. …

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