Federal Relations

December 20, 2019

What We’re Reading this Week

Below is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team read this week.

President Trump Impeached- President Trump was officially impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening. Now, he must face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate which will determine if he is removed from office. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has confirmed that she will not transmit the articles of impeachment until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) establishes rules for the trial. Updates at Washington Post.

Heavy Rain for Western WA- The Seattle area received a record amount of rainfall on Friday, and more is expected. See Seattle Times for more.

Michigan Institute Pays Settlement for Undisclosed Foreign Influence- The Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, MI was ordered to pay $5.5 million after failing to disclose Chinese support its’ researchers received between 2012-2019. Full story at WSJ.

Report Finds Foster Children Less Likely to Graduate- In the two years since the Federal Government required states to report high school graduation rates of foster children, very little information has been made public. What has been revealed is that foster children have an extremely low graduation rate- just 35% in Oregon- because of constant transitions and a lack of support network. More at Kansas City Star.

Brexit on Track- After winning a majority in Parliament, PM Boris Johnson announced Brexit is on track for the end of January. MPs voted 358-234 in favor of the EU Withdrawal Bill. More at BBC.