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Four Things to Know: What the Election Results Mean for Infrastructure Policy

House Democrats will use their majority next year to push comprehensive legislation to increase infrastructure spending and transportation-related taxes to help pay for it. In fact, key Democrats say they want to move a bill out of the House early in 2019 before Washington becomes consumed by the 2020 presidential campaign (at least 10 current … Continue Reading

Five Things to Know: What the Election Results Mean for Healthcare Policy

Democrats’ slender majority in the House next year will have an outsized impact on healthcare policy and healthcare stakeholders in 2019 and beyond. From potential bipartisan deals on prescription drug prices to Democrats’ “shock and awe” oversight agenda, here are five things to know about what the 2018 midterm election results mean for healthcare policy … Continue Reading

Legislative Webinar: Narrow Pathway for Bipartisanship in 2019

A Democrat-controlled House and a Republican majority in the Senate – with President Donald Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue – is likely a recipe for gridlock next year on Capitol Hill, according to two former congressmen. Former Reps. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J., and Heath Shuler, D-N.C., said there are narrow opportunities for bipartisanship … Continue Reading

Divided Country Votes for Divided Congress

Democrats capitalized on President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in suburban districts to capture the House majority, but the president helped turn out Republican voters in states he won two years ago to add to the GOP’s Senate majority. Democrats needed to win a net of 23 House seats to gain control, and as of early Wednesday, … Continue Reading

Midterm Election Preview Webinar

Will Republicans lose their majority in the House in next month’s midterm elections but gain seats in the Senate? Can Democrats sweep and win both the House and Senate? Or will Republicans defy the odds – and history – by maintaining their congressional majorities? We’ll discuss all the key House and Senate campaigns, the latest … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each week when Congress is in session. HEADLINES • After the partisan fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate this week will take up a water infrastructure bill and then consider nominees to Executive Branch agencies. • President Donald Trump on Tuesday has lunch … Continue Reading

House Votes Today on ‘Tax Reform 2.0,’ But Senate Action Unlikely Before Elections

The House today is likely to approve legislation to make permanent the individual and small-business tax cuts that Congress enacted in 2017, but the Senate won’t consider the measure before the November midterm elections. Today’s vote is part of a three-bill package of tax relief dubbed “Tax Reform 2.0.” The House on Thursday approved legislation by Rep. … Continue Reading

House Panel Examines Sports Betting in Wake of Court Ruling

Four months after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning states from authorizing sports betting, a House panel Thursday will examine how states are legalizing gambling on football, baseball and other sporting events. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations also will discuss whether there is an appropriate role … Continue Reading

Trump: I Won’t Shut Down the Government (Yet)

The House on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a fiscal 2019 spending bill covering 70 percent of the government’s discretionary operations, and President Donald Trump said he would sign it into law – temporarily avoiding a partisan fight that could lead to a government shutdown. The sweeping spending package includes full-year funding for the … Continue Reading

Republicans Plan to Advance Kavanaugh Nomination After Committee Hearing

Absent an unpredictable event at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Republicans intend to move quickly to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The committee is scheduled to hear from two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were high school students in 1982. Republicans … Continue Reading

Senate OKs Opioids Response Bill as Lawmakers Scramble to Pass Final Measure

The Senate this week overwhelmingly approved legislation to address the opioid crisis, and now Congress is racing to cobble together a final measure that could pass before the midterm elections in November. The Senate-passed legislation is sweeping in scope: It is composed of more than 70 individual bills approved by five committees. Packaged together, this legislation … Continue Reading

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

This week’s “Capitol Hill Healthcare Update” includes the latest on Congress reconvening after a summer break and facing near-term deadlines on government funding, including for healthcare agencies and programs; whether Congress will approve opioids legislation before the November elections; an unlikely alliance of Senate Democrats and the Trump administration on requiring drug manufacturers to include … Continue Reading

Kavanaugh’s Senate Confirmation Hearings Set For Sept. 4

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings Sept. 4 on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the hearings will occur over multiple days early next month as Congress returns from its summer recess. Senators’ opening statements will dominate the entire first day, and Kavanaugh will be questioned … Continue Reading

Congress’ Push For Self-Driving Cars Stalls Amid Safety Questions

Congress wants to green-light federal standards for self-driving vehicles, but questions over safety and added infrastructure costs have some lawmakers pumping the brakes. The delay is giving rise to a patchwork of state-based regulations governing autonomous vehicles that could hinder interstate travel and commerce, according to advocates of robo cars. U.S. manufacturers and technology companies … Continue Reading

House OKs JOBS Act 3.0, but Capital Formation Bill on Hold Amid Senate Talks

Last month the House overwhelmingly approved a package of rifle-shot changes to financial services laws, but competing priorities and election-year politics are complicating its consideration in the Senate. Dubbed the JOBS and Investor Confidence Act, or JOBS Act 3.0, the legislation is designed to facilitate capital formation for early-stage companies and to incentivize them to … Continue Reading

The Weekly Hill Update

Below is the Federal Policy team’s weekly preview, published each Monday that Congress is in session. HEADLINES • The House intends to try again on immigration legislation, which it punted last week. Even amid the increased scrutiny over migrant families separated at the U.S. southern border, it’s unclear whether the House can muster the votes … Continue Reading

Election 2018 – Which Party Will Control Congress?

Democratic voters nationwide are eager to send a message to President Trump, but is there enough anti-Trump sentiment for Democrats to win control of the House? Are Trump’s voters unique, and will they turn out for Republican congressional candidates? In the Senate, Democrats must protect 10 incumbents in states Trump won in 2016. Can Republicans … Continue Reading

Congress OKs Sweeping Rewrite of Dodd-Frank

The House voted Tuesday to give final congressional approval to a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s banking rules that would roll back key elements of Dodd-Frank but still leave most of that 2010 law on the books. The White House said earlier this week that President Donald Trump would sign into law the “Economic Growth, … Continue Reading

Government Contractors Could Benefit if Congress Quickly Finishes Spending Bills – But That’s a Big ‘If’

Republican lawmakers in the coming weeks hope to begin voting on several spending bills as the first step toward avoiding a politically embarrassing budget crisis before this fall’s midterm elections. For years, Congress’ chronic inability to approve individual spending bills has led to one self-imposed budget crisis after another. House members and senators frequently must … Continue Reading
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