Weekly Update: The week ahead in Congress (Dec 5-9, 2016)

Is this the last week of the 114th Congress? Could be! The only must-pass legislation is a continuing budget resolution to fund the government (existing funding expires on December 9th.) The Senate will vote on the House-passed CURES Act and the annual defense authorization (NDAA). The House will vote on a Water Resources bill (WRDA), […]

Weekly Update: The week ahead in Congress (Nov. 28–Dec. 2, 2016)

Congress returns Tuesday from Thanksgiving break. The big news this week is a deal for a vote on a long-awaited medical innovation bill. The House may also vote on the defense authorization and a long list of suspension bills.   Here's what Congress is voting on this week: 21st Century Cures Act A deal announced last week cleared […]

Weekly Update: The Week Ahead in Congress (Sep. 26-30, 2016)

Funding Vote, Water Resources, and a possible Veto Override With one week left in current funding authorization, Congress must pass a deal this week to avoid a government shutdown. The House will vote on a major water resources bill. And both chambers are expected to vote to override a presidential veto of a bill to […]

Weekly Update: The Week Ahead in Congress (Sep. 12-16, 2016)

Tech bills in the House, water resources in the Senate, and lots of behind-the-scenes talk about a funding deal. The Senate will again work on a $9.4 billion water projects bill that includes $200 million for Flint, Michigan. The House will vote on tech-related bills to prohibit ticket-buying bots, and prevent agreements limiting consumers' right to leave Yelp-like […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

The House will vote on several major bills on energy and the environment, including a bipartisan energy policy bill, energy funding, an update to the Toxic Substances Act, and lowering restrictions on anti-mosquito chemicals in response to the Zika outbreak. The Senate will work on the annual defense bill (NDAA) and reauthorizing the Sex Offender Management Assistance […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

Puerto Rico defaulted on largest debt payment so far, as lawmakers work on new legislative solution to the island’s debt crisis. Several much anticipated rules (proposed and final) were released this week. Treasury Department announced efforts to stem tax fraud, largely in response to Panama Papers. House and Senate were on recess, working back home; both […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

For the first time in a month, the House and Senate are back in at the same time. The Senate will continue working on a two-year FAA reauthorization (without the airplane legroom amendment) and the House will dive into financial regulations, homeland and border security, and potential limits on the FCC. It will also take […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

It's another short week. The Senate is out. The House will vote to align standards for the review of mergers and acquisitions and a bill to prevent travel by foreign combatants. Also up: Encouraging NSF investments in projects for women in STEM and bill to encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace, space science and exploration, […]

Issue Spotlight: Brain Injury Awareness Month (March 2016)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects over 2.5 million people per year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Brain injuries caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain are a contributing factor to 138 deaths per day.  The leading causes of TBI are: falls […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

Congress is out for the President’s Day Recess. Attention in Washington has turned to the Supreme Court.   Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) With the news of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, his life and legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court is the main topic in Washington this week. Inevitably, the conversation has […]