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GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Jun 12-16, 2017)

A week of hugs, tears, prayers, and unity…   A Wednesday morning shooting at House Republicans’ practice for the Congressional Baseball Game left five injured. The Congressional Baseball Game went ahead on Thursday night as scheduled, uniting lawmakers and much of political Washington, at least for one night. In other news, a small group of GOP... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Jun 4-9, 2017)

All eyes on Senate Intel…    It was a week for the history books, as the former FBI Director testified before Senate Intelligence. While all eyes were on the Comey hearing, the House passed a major bill to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulations and significantly change the U.S. regulatory process. The Senate GOP kept working behind... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (May 30 - Jun 2, 2017)

It was a short but busy recess week   President Trump announced Thursday that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. The backbeat of the Russia investigation continued. While members were away, staffers huddled to work on the Senate health care bill and lay the groundwork for Congressional budget bills.   Withdrawal from... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (May 22-26, 2017)

Memorial Day wishes… The long-awaited CBO score for the House GOP health bill now clears the way for the Senate to cut its own path. The president released his budget and as usual, Congress will work on its own. But they'd better get moving. The legislative window is starting to close if Congress still hopes... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (May 15-19, 2017)

Not a stretch… to say that this was one of the crazier weeks in American political history.  Most of the Capitol Hill coverage centered around reactions to revelations of former FBI Director Comey's notes about interactions with the president reports that the president gave classified information to the Russians, and the appointment of a special counsel for... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (May 8-12, 2017)

FBI Director firing dominated the week… Monday started with Senate testimony from Sally Yates and James Clapper, quickly eclipsed by the firing of FBI Director Comey on Tuesday. House members were in districts this week, where many held town hall meetings.  Senate held votes on several nominations, including the U.S. Trade Representative, and a failed vote to... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (May 1-5, 2017)

Health bill crosses first hurdle…   The House passed the American Health Care Act, moving the action on health care to the Senate. Congress passed the Omnibus spending bill to fund the government through September, with a bipartisan compromise that had both sides claiming a win.    GOP Health Bill   |   Government Funding ... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Apr. 24-28, 2017)

The week ended up where many expected… Congress passed a one-week extension to fund the government past the April 28th deadline and did not hold a House vote on the health care bill. The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary, ensuring that President Trump’s cabinet reached 100% confirmed before the 100 Day mark. Lawmakers... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Apr. 17-21, 2017)

Week two of recess and lawmakers are preparing to return to Washington… House Republicans are readying new version of an Obamacare replacement bill. Current spending authorization runs out next week, meaning Congress must pass a deal to avoid a government shutdown. The 115th Congress reached 100-day mark. White House is expected to drop tax overhaul plan... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Apr. 3-7, 2017)

Senate made major rule change…. The Supreme Court will soon return to capacity with nine members. Senate Republicans invoked “nuclear option” and confirmed Neil Gorsuch with simple majority vote. Lawmakers responded to U.S. missile attack on Syria with mix of concern and praise, with several members calling on Trump administration to seek authorization from Congress... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Mar. 27-31, 2017)

Congressional Review Act stayed in the spotlight… Congress passed bill to allow states to deny federal funds to clinics that provide abortions. State Dept. notified Congress it will proceed on Bahrain arms sale without human rights conditions, kicking off approval period. House joined Senate in passing bill to reverse broadband privacy rules for internet service... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (March 20-24, 2017)

From health care reform to Russia probe to Supreme Court nominee… there was A LOT competing for your attention this week! House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act without a vote and began looking to tax reform. Senate passed resolution reversing broadband privacy rules. Top officials confirmed FBI investigation into potential ties between Trump... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Mar. 13-17, 2017)

Despite the snow, it was another busy week on the Hill… House Budget advanced legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, teeing up final House vote for next week. President Trump unveiled “America First” budget proposal. Both House and Senate Intelligence said there’s no evidence that the federal government wiretapped Trump Tower. Bipartisan... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Mar. 6-10, 2017)

Congress worked late this week… House Republicans unveiled and advanced legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. President Trump signed revised executive order focused on visa limitations and refugees. Lawmakers began talking about the debt limit, with suspension expiration fast approaching in mid-March. Congressional Review Act stayed in the spotlight, with four more... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 27- Mar. 3, 2017)

Another jam-packed week on the Hill… Lawmakers weighed in on Sessions’s testimony controversy. President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. House Republicans readied a new bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (hiding it in a secret location). Senate confirmed four more nominees, rounding out vast majority of Cabinet-level positions.... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 20-24, 2017)

Congress worked from home this week… with members holding town halls, meeting with constitutents, and touring local businesses. Trump administration will allow Congressional Republicans to take the lead on replacing the Affordable Care Act. House and Senate Republicans are divided on tax plan. White House pushed new travel ban order to next week. President Trump... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 13-17, 2017)

President Trump signed CRA resolution into law, reversing oil and gas reporting rule. It’s the first time in 16 years the Congressional Review Act’s been used to repeal a regulation. House and Senate both passed more CRA resolutions related to guns, land, labor, and healthcare. Plenty of famous faces on the Hill from foreign leaders to Fed chair, astronaut to actor. House Republicans presented most detailed look yet at their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Michael Flynn stepped down as national security adviser. Senate confirmed five more nominees. White House decided to rescind travel ban executive order and issue a new one next week. Trump administration’s first major regulation opened for public comment. Four more nominees are teed up for final votes, following next week’s recess....

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Feb. 6-10, 2017)

Lots of sleep deprivation this week following marathon Senate session…   House passed bill to extend privacy protections to old emails. Senate confirmed three more nominees in historic confirmation sessions in more ways than one. House passed three more resolutions aimed at reversing executive rules. President Trump signed executive orders focused on law enforcement officers... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Jan. 30 - Feb 3, 2017)

All three branches were in the spotlight this week…. Congress passed Congressional Review Act resolutions, aimed at rolling back Obama Administration regulations. Senate approved two more Trump nominees, installing a new Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of State. President Trump signed executive actions aimed at regulatory reform. Lawmakers debated replacement options for the Affordable Care... View Article...

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Jan. 23-27, 2017)

It was a dizzying week in Washington, even for the most veteran of politicos… House passed bill related to abortion services and insurance coverage. President Trump signed several executive actions related to immigration, regulations, border security, infrastructure, refugees, manufacturing, and trade and pipeline deals. Senate approved two more Trump nominees, installing a new CIA Director... View Article...

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