AI is Taking Over the Capital

In the ever-evolving landscape of technological advancement, the discourse surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) regulation has quickly emerged as the focal point of the global conversation. The unprecedented summit between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping added a new chapter to this narrative, igniting discussions that transcend borders and underscore the critical importance of shaping […]

What Happened, What You Missed: November 13-17, 2023

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Congress Averts Shutdown with “Laddered” CR  Congress averted a government shutdown days ahead of a November 17 deadline through enactment of a 2-part “laddered” CR this week.  Originally conceived by the House Freedom Caucus and introduced by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), the laddered CR addresses House Republicans’ concerns of voting for another large omnibus funding […]

What Happened, What You Missed: October 23-27, 2023

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New Speaker Outlines Plan to Wrap Up FY24 Appropriations Process In a letter to House Republicans, newly elected Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) outlined a plan to extend government funding in the likely scenario that Congress fails to reach a deal before the current November 17 deadline., Johnson proposed a continuing resolution to January 15 or April 15, […]

What Happened, What You Missed: September 18-22, 2023

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House GOP Momentum on CR Comes to a Halt House Republican leadership scrapped a plan earlier this week to hold a procedural vote on a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government after September 30 due to lingering opposition from hardline conservatives. Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) modified plans for a 30-day CR by capping Fiscal […]

What Happened, What You Missed: September 4-8, 2023

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Odds of Shutdown Grow as Appropriations Gridlock Continues The White House is urging Congress to agree to a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government open after the current fiscal year (FY) ends on September 30. To date, only the House has advanced an appropriations bill for FY 2024, although the Senate is […]

What Happened, What You Missed: May 29-June 2, 2023

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Debt Ceiling Deal Takes Back “Some” Unspent COVID Funds The debt ceiling agreement, passed this week in the House by a 314-117 bipartisan vote, includes the withdrawal of $30 billion in unspent COVID-19 relief funds, which was a top priority for Republican negotiators. However, funding for two COVID-19 programs will remain untouched: an initiative to […]

What Happened, What You Missed: January 23-27

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Rep. Guthrie to Chair Health Subcommittee Rep. Brett Guthrie will chair the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in the 118th Congress. Guthrie first became the Health Subcommittee’s top Republican at the start of the 117th Congress in January 2021, replacing Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), who sought to become the top Republican on the full Energy and Commerce […]

January 3: Who Will Be Sitting When the Music Stops?

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A new era begins with a new Congress on January 3, 2023.  For the first time since 2007, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will no longer serve as the leader of House Democrats.  However, it remains unclear who will succeed Pelosi as Speaker, as several Republican House members are refusing to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), […]

What Happened, What You Missed: December 19-23

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Senate Advances $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill The Senate passed a massive Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 spending package on Thursday by a 68-29 vote.  The legislation to fund the government through September 30, 2024, includes supplemental aid for natural disaster victims and the the war in Ukraine, as well as a bevy of policies related […]

Health Care Issues Loom Large in Lame Duck

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The holiday rush commences today on Capitol Hill, with Congress back in session for the first time in several weeks. Following a midterm election that defied expectations, lawmakers face a lengthy to-do list to address this year’s unfinished business before a new Congress begins in January. Here are five items important to health care that […]