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This Week In Washington…

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

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This Week In Washington…

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

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  • The Senate rejected a motion that would have allowed action on a six-year highway bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). The vote was 41-56, far short of the 60 votes needed. Looking Ahead: The vote delayed consideration of the measure, but its sponsors vowed to keep pushing.
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the race for the GOP nomination for president, bringing the Republican field to a sweet 16. Looking Ahead: Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has said he is going to run, but has not yet made it official. Gilmore would make the field the largest ever.
  • Five years after passage of the sweeping financial reform bill that bears his name, former Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank says the Dodd-Frank Act is working, despite critics on both sides of the aisle. Among them are his successor as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb Henserling of Texas, who radically disagrees and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who is not a fan either. Looking Ahead: Hearings on banking reform are expected to continue before the Financial Services
  • A bipartisan push for criminal justice reform is gaining momentum backed by the White House and unlikely allies in the Republican-controlled Congress. Looking Ahead: Criminal justice reform could be a sleeper issue in the presidential election.
  • Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is pushing back against corruption charges filed by the Justice Department, arguing much of his conduct is shielded from prosecutors under the Constitution while he also alleges false testimony from an FBI agent. Looking Ahead: The motions are expected to delay the start of the New Jersey Democrat’s trial.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 15, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The Iran nuclear deal is likely to dominate the agenda on Capitol Hill for the next 60 days, with Republicans saying the deal will not achieve its goal of curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Obama said he will veto legislation aimed at killing the deal. Looking Ahead: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said hearings will start shortly.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined the race for the GOP nomination for president, bringing the Republican field to an even 15. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is leading the pack. Looking Ahead: Still out there, but undeclared, are Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
  • House Speaker John Boehner reportedly told fellow Republicans during a closed-door meeting that no spending bills will move in the House until GOP lawmakers figure out what to do about the controversy over the Confederate flag. Looking Ahead: The Democrats are expected to continue to try and make the appropriations bills toxic to conservatives by inserting language about the controversial flag.
  • A month after the Transportation Security Administration was embarrassed by its poor performance in a security audit, the agency is planning more robust screening of passengers, which will mean longer lines at airports. Looking Ahead: The new plan will require more hand-wanding of passengers, more use of bomb-sniffing dogs and more random testing of luggage and travelers for traces of explosives.
  • Three bills are pending in Congress that would address cybersecurity issues that are making Americans worried about sharing information with the federal government, but all are stalled. Looking Ahead: Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Republican leaders are hoping to move one of the measures during first week of August.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 9, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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  • The White House and a large bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would speed the availability of safe and more effective treatments for patients by taking full advantage of the latest science. But the White House said the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) should deal more effectively with sequestration and other issues. Looking Ahead: The House is expected to vote on the bill, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), shortly.
  • Jim Webb, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and former secretary of the Navy who opposed the Iraq War as a member of the Senate from Virginia, threw his hat into the ring for the Democratic presidential nomination, joining Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders Looking Ahead: Webb faces an uphill battle, as he is barely registering in most polls.
  • The process of closing U.S. military bases, known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, can be painful for local communities, but they want the government to get on with it. In a recent poll of its members, The Association of Defense Communities found 91 percent would prefer another BRAC to the status quo.
  • Tom Rice (R-S.C.) has proposed legislation that would increase the federal gas tax by 10 cents-per-gallon to help pay for transportation projects across the nation. The tax would be offset by a $133 income tax credit. Looking Ahead: The latest patch to close the transportation funding gap expires July 31 and Congress is looking for a permanent fix.
  • Senate Republicans had vowed to try and kill Obamacare using a budget tool called reconciliation this summer, but a lack of unity within the GOP has kept the plan on the shelf. Looking Ahead: The next step would for the leadership to draw up reconciliation plans, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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This Week In Washington…

Posted on July 2, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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After an historic week in which the Supreme Court sided with President Obama on Obamacare, upheld gay marriage, and Congress backed the administration on international trade, 50% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidency for the first time in more than two years. Looking Ahead: This can only bode well for Democrats in the 2016 election, including frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

As expected, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined the race for the Republican presidential nomination and immediately hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also jumped in. Looking Ahead: Christie is squarely focused on the Granite State, where he must do well if his candidacy is to gain traction. Ten things Christie needs to do to win.

The United States and Cuba announced the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half-a-century. Obama said the embassies will open July 20. Looking Ahead: Ferry service between the two countries is expected soon and U.S. businesses are watching developments closely.

The charter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps U.S. businesses export their products, has expired for the first time since 1934, much to the glee of its conservative opponents who see it as wasteful. Looking Ahead: One opponent cautioned that Democrats might try to sneak reauthorization language into future legislation.

Smarting from last week’s Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would subject Supreme Court justices to periodic judicial elections. Looking Ahead: This proposal has virtually no chance of advancing.

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