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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