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US Executive Branch Update – July 30, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. 2:40 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the American Red Cross National Headquarters | Washington, D.C. 2:45 p.m. … Continue Reading

Tracking Anti-Opioid Legislation in Congress

“Overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels.” -Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, October 2015[1] Opioid abuse in the United States has been a topic of much discussion in recent years, but the problem continues to grow.  Since 1999, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has quadrupled.[2]  In a … Continue Reading

Senate Continues Work on Iran and Russia Sanctions

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene on Monday, June 12 at 4:00 pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00 pm. At 5:00 pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary … Continue Reading

House Agriculture Committee Hearing to Focus on Watershed Programs

Legislative Activity House Agriculture Committee Hearing to Focus on Watershed Programs On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry is scheduled to hold a hearing focused on small watershed infrastructure, specifically the Watershed Rehabilitation Program and the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program. Both programs are administered by the United States … Continue Reading

International Food Assistance Programs in the Farm Bill

Legislative Activity International Food Assistance Programs in the Farm Bill On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hold a full committee hearing focused on international food assistance programs under the committee’s jurisdiction. Three major food aid programs authorized under past farm bills are the Food for Peace Act, which is administered by the … Continue Reading

Sonny Perdue to Testify Before the House Agriculture Committee

Legislative Activity Sonny Perdue to Testify Before the House Agriculture Committee House Agriculture Committee leaders wasted no time in arranging for newly-confirmed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to testify before the committee. Nearly three weeks ago, Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Up until this … Continue Reading

The Congressional Review Act was No Panacea

With President Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of the House and the Senate, there were high expectations that the Congressional Review Act (CRA) would be used to roll back a broad range of Obama Administration regulations adopted in the waning days of the President’s term. Until this year, this legislative mechanism … Continue Reading

Congress to Vote on Funding Bill; House to Consider North Korea Sanctions Legislation

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until today at 3:00pm.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Clayton nomination. House … Continue Reading

Sonny Perdue’s Upcoming Challenges

Legislative Activity Sonny Perdue’s Upcoming Challenges  As President Trump is reflecting on his first 100 days in office, Sonny Perdue is just getting his feet wet in his new position as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). On April 25, less than 24 hours after the Senate overwhelmingly approved his nomination by … Continue Reading

Congress Searches for Funding Solution; Senate to Vote on Perdue Nomination

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 3:00pm today, April 24.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for consideration of Calendar #31, the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture.  The time until 5:30pm will be equally divided.  At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of … Continue Reading

State Attorneys General April 10 Update

Squire Patton Boggs’ State Attorneys General Practice Group is comprised of lawyers who have served at senior levels in state AG offices around the country and whose practices focus, to one degree or another, on representing clients before these increasingly assertive and powerful, yet often overlooked, government agencies, as explained in detail here. In these … Continue Reading

Sonny Perdue Awaits Full Senate Vote

Legislative Activity Sonny Perdue Awaits Full Senate Vote Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee easily approved Sonny Perdue’s nomination for the position of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary. The committee favorably reported his nomination by voice vote; however, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was the lone vote of opposition. Gillibrand stood behind her vote, … Continue Reading

President Trump Talks Trade in Agriculture Proclamation; Sonny Perdue Finally Gets Senate Spotlight

Legislative Activity President Trump Talks Trade in Agriculture Proclamation Last week was a big week for the agriculture community – even though most of Washington was focused on healthcare reform. Two days prior to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s confirmation hearing for Sonny Perdue, who is presumed to become the next Secretary of the U.S. Department … Continue Reading

Gorsuch Hearing to Kick Off in Senate; House Set to Vote on Health Care Bill

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 21.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for one hour, with Republicans controlling the first half and Democrats controlling the final half.  After morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the … Continue Reading

Sonny Perdue to Testify Before Senate Agriculture Committee; USDA Funding Under President Trump’s “Skinny Budget”

Legislative Activity Sonny Perdue to Testify Before Senate Agriculture Committee It’s official; Sonny Perdue is scheduled to testify before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee on Thursday, March 23 – exactly nine weeks following President Trump’s formal announcement naming Perdue as his pick to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Over the past … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on CMS Nominee, House Continues Work on Health Care Bill

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate will convene at 2:00 pm today, March 13.  Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, nominated to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, post-cloture; all time on the nomination will expire at 5:30pm and the Senate will vote … Continue Reading

Sonny Perdue One Step Closer to Agriculture Secretary

Legislative Activity Sonny Perdue One Step Closer to Agriculture Secretary Nearly eight weeks ago, President Trump announced his intention for Sonny Perdue, former two-term governor of Georgia, to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Senate has yet to confirm two of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, which include Perdue and Alex Acosta for the … Continue Reading
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