Weekly Update: The week ahead in Congress (Nov. 14-19, 2016)

Congress returns this week for the post-election session. The Republican electoral sweep will likely keep this Lame Duck session short and focused on must-pass bills: government funding (expires December 9th) and defense authorization. Republicans and Democrats will vote on new leadership teams, newly-elected members will be in Washington for orientation, and the focus will shift […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress (Sept. 19-23, 2016)

Fall arrived, as did a CR to keep the government open… After several delays, Senate cleared its first procedural hurdle for short-term spending bill. CR made its debut on Thursday, giving Senators four days before next vote. President Obama vetoed legislation allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, setting up possible congressional override. House […]

Weekly Update: The Week Ahead in Congress (Sep. 19-23, 2016)

Cramming for finals It's a race to a funding deal (and the exit) in the Senate. And a long list of bills in the House, putting limits on payments to Iran, updating government technology, cybersecurity resources, and much more.   Funding Deal   |     Foreign Relations    |     Financial Services    | […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

Bills up for a vote in Congress this week With a long list of bills, Congress is working to finish up its business before heading into the "August recess" (which begins next week). Of note: the House takes up the Senate-passed GMO labeling bill; bills to impose restrictions on Iranian sponsorship of terrorism, human rights abuses, and […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

While the political world will be focused on the Iowa caucuses, Congress is back with both chambers in session. The House will consider changes to reporting and investing rules for small businesses and startups and reform to housing assistance programs. The House will also attempt to override the President’s veto of the Obamacare repeal that […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the Week in Congress

Relations with Iran warmed but "thaw" was not a word anyone was using in snowy Washington. The Senate was in but both major votes this week did not advance — an attempt to override the President's veto of a "disapproval" resolution on expanded water rules and the House-passed bill to tighten security procedures for refugees […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House is our for a district work period. The Senate is in and will vote on a bill to increase security screenings for refugees from Syria and Iraq. The nation celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day of service, and a new era of relations with Iran […]

Gavel Down: Closing out the week in Congress

President Obama delivered his final SOTU. Congress passed a soon-to-be-vetoed resolution disapproving a new water regulation, the Senate failed to advance a bill to audit the federal reserve, the House took steps to tighten sanctions on North Korea, and Speaker Ryan showed House Members what "gavel down" really means. Top Search on POPVOX this week: […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

This week: Senate returns and Obama's final State of the Union Washington will be back in full swing this week as the Senate returns and the President addresses a joint session on Tuesday evening with his final State of the Union Address. On tap in the Senate: advancing a bill to “Audit the Fed.” In […]

Gavel Down: Closing Out the Week in Congress

The House returned for the second session of the 114th Congress, starting with a long-awaited vote on the reconciliation bill to repeal parts of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood (which was promptly vetoed). President Obama ruled the headlines, with announcement of executive actions to address mass shootings — and the responses that the policy drew. […]