This Week In Washington…

Posted on June 25, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |


  • The Supreme Court handed President Obama a major victory by upholding Obamacare, the signature achievement of his six years in office. Looking Ahead: Opponents and supporters of Obamacare are reacting and plotting strategies to address the issue, with an eye toward the 2016 elections.
  • Looks like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is about to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He’s hired two new staffers in New Hampshire and longtime aide Maria Comella left the governor’s office for a senior position at his political action committee. Looking Ahead: Christie’s announcement is expected next week.
  • President Obama’s controversial trade agenda cleared a major hurdle as the Senate sided with the president on a pair of key votes. Looking Ahead: This could clear the way for approval of Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Despite calls from President Obama and a chorus of lawmakers for new gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting at a church in South Carolina, action remains unlikely. Looking Ahead: Still, some Democrats are expected to push the issue with Obama’s backing.
  • Conservative House members who have refused to toe the party line are facing the wrath of House Speaker John Boehner and the House GOP leadership. Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado is the latest victim, being stripped of his position as GOP freshman class president. Looking Ahead: Buck is expected to highlight the incident in fund raising appeals to conservatives.
  • A spending bill proposed by Senate Republicans calls for cuts to community health centers, national service, and preschool, but would boost the National Institutes of Health budget by $2 billion and increase spending for Amtrak. Looking Ahead: The massive $153 billion measure faces a veto threat from the White House.

The Law: Proposed Rule makings

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

  1. For more on federal government rulemaking, visit the Federal Register
  2. Want to follow the 2016 presidential sweepstakes? All the polling data you’ll need is a click away.
  3. Get the latest from the declared presidential candidates from their campaign websites: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders and Republicans Ted CruzRand PaulMarco RubioMike HuckabeeCarly FiorinaBen CarsonRick SantorumGeorge PatakiRick PerryLindsey GrahamJeb Bush and Donald Trump

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