Federal Relations

116th Congress


January 3, 2021

Hill Overrides Trump Veto as Administration Comes to a Close

On Friday, the Senate followed the lead of the House by voting to override Trump’s veto of the NDAA. The Senate margin was 81 to 13, more than enough necessary to overcome the 2/3 majority requirement.  This was the first Congressional veto override of the Trump Administration. Read more here.


December 30, 2020

Waiting on the Senate

As of Wednesday, the US Senate has still not voted on whether to override President Trump’s veto of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). A final vote, and eventual passage, is expected by this weekend after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) objected to unanimous consent today. The House already voted to override the veto with…


December 28, 2020

House Approves Bigger Checks, Overrides Defense Veto

Today the US House of Representatives voted, by a 2/3 majority, to increase COVID-relief stimulus checks from $600 to $2000 per individual. The President has signaled support of this, however it is unclear if it can pass in the Senate. The House also voted, with significant bipartisan support, to override the President’s veto of the…


December 27, 2020

President Signs Appropriations Bills into Law

President Trump has signed both the $900 billion COVID relief package, as well as the $1.4 trillion FY21 omnibus appropriations bill, into law. His signature will avert a government shutdown. More details here.


December 23, 2020

Trump Follows Through on Veto Threat (No, not on THAT bill)

President Trump this afternoon followed through on his earlier threats and vetoed the FY2021 defense authorization bill, known as the “NDAA.”  The legislation sets defense policies every year and addresses issues like troop withdrawals, and has been adopted every year since 1967.  The bill was approved by Congress earlier this month by veto-proof margins in…


Well, That Didn’t Take Long

With a video in which he called it a “disgrace,” President Trump yesterday blasted the COVID/omnibus spending package that was only adopted on Monday.  His biggest complaints seem to be that the stimulus checks of $600 per person for families making less than $75,000 a year is not big enough and that the bill contains…


December 22, 2020

As We Delve Deeper Into the Bill…

The federal relations team continues to read through the 5,600-page package and will provide updates with items of interest throughout the process. Initially, we have come across these education-related provisions: Codifies IRSt Q&A regarding taxability of emergency financial aid grants. Excludes emergency financial aid grant funding from gross income calculations and from income considerations for Lifetime…


COVID/Approps Spending Package Cleared by Both Chambers

After making the text available earlier in the day, both chambers of Congress cleared the massive $2.3-trillion COVID/FY2021 appropriations package last evening.  The measure now goes to the White House for the President’s signature, although it is uncertain when that would exactly happen. Because the printing and processing of the official text of legislation for…


December 21, 2020

5,593-page Bill Now Ready

A few hours ago, the text of the combined package containing the FY2021 omnibus spending bill and the next COVID relief legislation was released.  The text of the 5,593-page bill is available here. Needless to say, it will take some time to go through the bill to pull out the provisions of most relevance to UW….


December 20, 2020

Deal Reached, One Day CR

A deal has been reached on an almost $1 trillion COVID relief bill which will be rolled into an omnibus FY21 spending package. The legislation is believed to include support for airline workers, expanded unemployment benefits, funding for contact tracing and testing, vaccine rollout, schools, stimulus checks, and more. Details are not yet publicly available….



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