This Week In Washington…

Posted on April 30, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The Supreme Court heard historic legal arguments on same-sex marriages this week. Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to again be the court’s pivotal vote and Chief Justice John Roberts signaling he may join his more closely colleagues. Looking Ahead: The court is not expected to rule in the case for months.
  • The White House is pushing back against a 2016 GOP-backed Pentagon budget plan, that Democrats fear contains poison pills on a diverse set of issues, including the nuclear deal with Iran, weapons systems and the closure of the Guantanamo Bay. Looking Ahead: The House Armed Services Committee is expected to take up the bill shortly.
  • Spring, green and friendship United States and Japan Nagoyaka ni! -- Which means harmonious feeling.

    Spring, green and friendship United States and Japan Nagoyaka ni! — Which means harmonious feeling.

    On Tuesday, President and Mrs. Obama honored Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe. This was the eighth State Dinner hosted by the Obamas and the first of 2015. State dinners are the ultimate social and diplomatic fete and this one did not disappoint with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto leading expertise in the kitchen to assure that the estimated 200 guests were treated to a carefully crafted menu blending regional cuisines and showoff delicacies. As for politics, Prime Minister Abe quoted from the R&B song made famous by Diana Ross, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” to affirm the bond between the two countries. President Obama raised a glass of sake and toasted his guest of honor with a haiku about spring, friendship and harmony. Looking Ahead: Abe addressed Congress on Wednesday, pledging stronger diplomatic relations moving forward.

  • Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in 2016, but she won’t be crowned the party’s standard-bearer without at least one challenge. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was to announce his candidacy for the nomination on Thursday. Looking Ahead: Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor and senator is among others who might join the race.

 The Law: Proposed Rulemakings

  •  The Office of Management and Budget announced Mondayin the Federal Register that it would be releasing for public comment the draft guidance for the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).
  • The Federal Housing Administration responded to comments on the alternative path to claim payment—the Mortgagee Optional Election Assignment—for certain Home Equity Conversion Mortgages that were submitted Feb. 6 and March 9.
  • Speaking of rulemaking and the Federal Register, this piece examines the very first document ever printed in the Federal Register, an Executive Order titled Enlarging Cape Romain Migratory Bird Refuge.

Resources: A quick and easy way to get info fast:

  1. Want to follow the 2016 presidential sweepstakes? All the polling data you’ll need is a click away.
  2. Get the latest from the declared presidential candidates: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio

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