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Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress; President Trump Names Boeing Executive as Deputy Defense Secretary; Federal Courts Stay Implementation of Revised Travel Ban

Legislative Activity Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress This week, the Trump Administration provided Congress with its supplemental appropriations request for the remainder of FY 2017.  The supplemental requests an additional $3 billion in funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including funds for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) infrastructure and border … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Regulatory Activity D.C. Circuit Rules 2-1 to Uphold FCC Net Neutrality Rules On June 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) in a 2-1 decision upheld the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules applicable to providers of broadband Internet access service (BIAS), which were released in a March 12, 2015 Report and … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Continue Focus on TSA Wait Times, While House Spending Panel Approves TSA Funding for FY 2017; Government Officials React to Deadliest Shooting in US History, Worst Terror Attack Since 9/11

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Continue Focus on TSA Wait Times, While House Spending Panel Approves TSA Funding for FY 2017 The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved its draft FY 2017 appropriations measure on Thursday, June 9, including $7.6 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), $163 million more than in FY 2016 and $21.8 … Continue Reading

Debate Over Growing TSA Lines Continues

Legislative Activity Debate Over Growing TSA Lines Continues Lawmakers maintained their focus on growing airport security lines, as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to grapple with the growing number of summer travelers.  Congressman Mike McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and several colleagues are preparing legislation aimed at easing the bottlenecks, including … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Approve Reallocated Funds for TSA

Legislative Activity Lawmakers Approve Reallocated Funds for TSA House appropriators followed on their Senate colleagues and approved reallocated funds for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to address growing screening lines over the summer.  Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, indicated that agency heads have already cautioned that they may … Continue Reading

Look Ahead: 2017 Appropriations

Legislative Activity Look Ahead: FY 2017 Appropriations Lawmakers are currently debating their priorities for FY 2017, including funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and related agencies.  President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request includes a proposed $908.8 million increase in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) fees by raising airline passenger fees by $1 per … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Tackle Puerto Rico, CFTC; FSOC to Meet on Asset Managers

Legislative Activity Senate Agriculture Committee Votes to Reauthorize CFTC Following a Senate Appropriations hearing last week to review the FY17 Budget Requests for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), on Thursday, April 14, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 11-9, to reauthorize the CFTC. Though the timing of Senate … Continue Reading

Hatch’s “Corporate Integration” Plan Delayed; Treasury Expected to Release Final CbyCR Regulations by July

Legislative Activity “Corporate Integration” Proposal Delayed As the House Ways and Means Committee continues moving forward with its international tax reform proposal, last week the Senate Finance Committee indicated that its “corporate integration” proposal has been delayed. The proposal, which would lower the effective rate for corporations by eliminating a double layer of taxation, is … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on EB-5 Target Employment Areas

Legislative Activity Senate Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearing on EB-5 Target Employment Areas **NOTE: The Senate Judiciary Committee has since postponed this hearing.  We will update this post to reflect the new date/time once confirmed.** This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its second hearing of the year examining the EB-5 Regional Center Program. … Continue Reading

Senior Senate Democrat Criticizes Cuts to State/Local Homeland Security Program

Legislative Activity Senior Senate Democrat Criticizes Cuts to State/Local Homeland Security Program Shortly after President Obama unveiled his FY 2017 budget request, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) highlighted significant cuts proposed to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).  UASI funds provide state and local authorities with financial assistance for the prevention, mitigation, response to, and recovery from … Continue Reading

FCC Approves AT&T’s Acquisition of DIRECTV with Conditions

Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Bill That Would Decrease FCC’s Budget On Thursday, July 23, the Senate Committee on Appropriations (Senate Appropriations Committee) approved the Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill (Appropriations Bill). The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would receive $320 million, a cut of $20 million (roughly 6%) … Continue Reading

Homeland Security IG Testifies Before Congressional Committee; TSA Nominee Questioned by Senate Homeland Security Committee

Legislative Activity Homeland Security IG Testifies Before Congressional Committee On Tuesday, June 9, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General John Roth testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee regarding oversight of the Transportation Secretary Administration (TSA). Mr. Roth’s testimony comes just as TSA continues to address the results of covert … Continue Reading

FCC Will Consider Accessibility Items at May 21 Meeting

Legislative Activity FCC Commissioners Testify in Senate Appropriations Hearing on FCC’s Budget On May 12, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Ajit Pai testified before the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations in a hearing concerning the FCC’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). The … Continue Reading

Gyrocopter Lands on Capitol Lawn, Sparks Security Concerns; Fifth Circuit Panel Hears Arguments on Immigration Issues

Legislative Activity Gyrocopter Lands on Capitol Lawn, Sparks Security Concerns On Wednesday afternoon, Doug Hughes, a Florida postal worker, flew a small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace and landed on the west lawn of the Capitol. Hughes reportedly planned to deliver letters on campaign finance reform addressed to each of the 535 Members of Congress. … Continue Reading

Congress to Focus on Budget, Economic Report; Lawmakers to Discuss Fairness in the tax Code

Legislative Activity President’s Budget, Economic Report in Focus This week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is scheduled to testify before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees about President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget Request. On Tuesday, March 3, Secretary Lew, along with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Russell … Continue Reading

Senators Optimistic on Cybersecurity Legislation; Senate to Consider FY 2015 Appropriations for Cybersecurity Programs

Legislative Branch Activity Cybersecurity Legislation Last week, Senate Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) stated that he is optimistic about the prospects for the cybersecurity information sharing legislation that he is currently working on with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). He stated that the two Senators are currently working … Continue Reading

Senator Chris Coons Joins Appropriations Committee

Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Committee Membership. On Thursday, June 20, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has joined the committee to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In a statement released last week, the Chairwoman expressed her confidence in the value Sen. Coons … Continue Reading
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