The Week in Washington…

Posted on April 23, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |



  • What the heck is going on on Capitol Hill? Could Congress actually be getting a few things  done in this election year, like passing the Medicare ‘doc fix,’ a cybersecurity bill, an energy efficiency bill and a human trafficking bill? There’s been some movement on a trade deal, a budget resolution and even a highway bill. Looking Ahead: Don’t count on the productivity lasting as election year gridlock is easily rekindled.
  • A growing number of political committees known as super PACs are allowing the presidential candidates to raise huge amounts of money, tens of thousands per person per event, and squeezing small donors out of the political process. Super PACs are often instruments of single donors that give them outsized influence. Looking Ahead: Jeb Bush may set a new standard by entrusting major portions his campaign to a super PAC.
  • Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2007, resigned last week under intense pressure from lawmakers and others concerned over an inspector general’s report that confirmed revelations about “sex parties” involving prostitutes overseas, including some women hired by Colombian drug cartels. Looking Ahead: Leonhart will remain in office until mid May while a successor is sought.
  • Seeking to build support for proposed trade deals with Asia and Europe, Presdent Obama challenged the claims of some Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, that deals would hurt American workers by encouraging job exports. Looking Ahead: The trade deals faces a rough road to passage in the Congress and a new “fast track” agreement could actually slow things down.
  • It’s illegal to bring guns into Capitol Hill office buildings, unless of course you’re a member of Congress and therefore exempt to the rule. So Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) is keeping an AR-15 in his office, which he proudly displayed in a Tweet posing with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). Looking Ahead: Possessing the weapons may not violate Capitol Hill rules, but it could run a foul of the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws, police are checking on it. 
  • In a new report, the General Accountability Office says the federal government could save $80 billion a year by eliminating the duplication of efforts across agencies. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government said at a hearing last week that the American people deserve a government that is smarter and more effective and efficient with the tax dollars they entrust to us. Looking Ahead: Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R- Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says more hearings will be convened.
  • Washington is home to America’s highest paid woman CEO, Marillyn Hewson, who leads defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Hewsonpulled in a cool $33.7 million in 2014, making her the only female in the list of the top 10 earning CEO, according to USA Today. That’s a huge amount when you consider the average lawyer earns $131,990 per year. Looking Ahead: Could robots be poised to take your job? Even some lawyers could be replaced.

The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is making available a regulatory basis document to support a rulemaking potentially amending its regulations concerning the security of special nuclear material. The NRC is not seeking public comments on this document.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is issuing this Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (to solicit comments on issues involving the Women’s Business Center SBA is evaluating the policies and procedures governing the management and oversight of the program.


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  3. Get the latest from the declared presidential candidates: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio

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