Federal Updates

  • On March 11, the White House rolled out the President’s $4.7 trillion FY20 budget proposal. The proposed budget includes significant cuts to non-defense discretionary funding, including significant decreases in budgets for the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Meanwhile, House and Senate appropriators on Capitol Hill have already indicated

FY20 Budget Proposal

On Monday, the White House rolled out the President’s $4.7 trillion FY20 budget proposal, which includes $8.6 billion for a border wall and increases defense spending by $750 billion, or 5%. It also proposes a 9% cut to all non-defense programs, including a $845 billion cut to Medicare. Over the coming weeks,

Election Reform Bill and Judicial Nominations

The House and Senate were both in session this week with the House focused on H.R. 1, Democrats’ election reform bill. The Senate spent the week processing several judicial nominations.

Key Personnel Announcements

The Administration made several key personnel announcement this week, including that the President will nominate Dale

House Passes Resolution of Disapproval to Block President’s Emergency Declaration

The House and Senate were both in session this week. On Tuesday, the House passed a resolution of disapproval to block the President’s emergency declaration to redirect funds to build a southern border wall. The measure passed 245-182 with support from 13 Republicans and appears

Trump Declares National Emergency

Last Friday, the President signed an omnibus spending bill that funds the federal departments and agencies subject to last month’s partial government shutdown through the end of fiscal year 2019, averting another shutdown. The bill included nearly $1.4 billion for physical barriers along the southern border, less than the $5.7 billion

Rep. Bobby Scott Discusses Priorities of House Education and Labor Committee at MWC Event

McGuireWoods Consulting’s National Education team recently hosted an event with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) in Washington, D.C. Having recently assumed his role as Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, Rep. Scott discussed the committee’s priorities for the 116th Congress. 

Funding the Government

On Monday evening, congressional negotiators announced a deal in principle on border security to avert a government shutdown at midnight tomorrow, provided it passes both chambers and the President agrees to sign it into law. The agreement provides $1.375 billion for 55 miles of physical barriers on the southern border, well below

State of the Union

Congress convened a joint session on Tuesday evening for the President to deliver his State of the Union address, themed “choosing greatness.” The President focused on five policy areas: immigration, trade, infrastructure, healthcare, and national security. Of note, Trump called on Congress to pass legislation aimed at lowering prescription drug prices

The House convenes Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 2pm.

On the floor this week in the House

Items that may be considered under suspension of the rules:

H.R. 876          Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act of 2019

H.R. 866          Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2019

H.R. 543          To require the Federal Railroad Administration to provide

Government Reopens

Last Friday, the President announced that he would sign a three-week continuing resolution to reopen the government through February 15 while a bicameral, bipartisan committee negotiates a homeland security spending package. The House and Senate both passed the bill shortly following the President’s announcement and federal employees returned to work this week. The