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US Senate Passes Tax Reform Legislation – Here Is What You Need to Know

At two o’clock in the morning on Saturday December 2, 2017, the Senate took another major step towards accomplishing comprehensive tax reform – on a near party line vote, it passed its version of the most sweeping legislation to overhaul the US Tax Code in a generation. Although Republicans have made significant progress on tax … Continue Reading

Senate Finance Committee Releases Tax Reform Proposals

The November 9 release of the Senate Finance Committee Chairman’s Mark has put into high gear the race to complete once-in-a-generation tax reform. A mere five hours after the House Ways and Means Committee completed a four-day markup and voted its legislation out of Committee along party lines (further discussed here), Senate Republicans released their … Continue Reading

House Republicans Propose Tax Reform Legislation – Will This Become Law?

It’s here! House Republicans have released the legislative text of the most serious effort to reform the US Tax Code since 1986. Republican tax-writers have come a long way from the “Blueprint” and the “Unified Framework” – they have offcially broken ground on sweeping tax reform legislation titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Bill). Although they have made … Continue Reading

Senate Votes to Overturn CFPB Arbitration Rule

Late last night, the US Senate voted 51 to 50 to repeal a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule prohibiting class action waivers in arbitration agreements. All but two Republicans (Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and John Kennedy (LA)) voted to repeal the CFPB’s arbitration rule, while all Democrats voted against repeal. Vice President Mike Pence … Continue Reading

Return of Senate’s Comprehensive Energy Bill to Move Prior to July 4th Recess; Administration Reviews Clean Power Plan

Legislative Activity Revival of the Comprehensive Energy Bill Last week, by unanimous consent, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced 11 bills governing energy infrastructure and efficiency. The bills address a range of issues including:  skill preparation for energy-related jobs; improvement to hydroelectric licensing; retrofits for schools; increasing energy and water efficiency for federal facilities … Continue Reading

FY 2018 Transportation Appropriations; Presidential Events on Infrastructure Initiative; President Appoints Deputy FAA Administrator

Legislative Activity Congress Begins Evaluating FY 2018 Transportation Appropriations This week, the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies will hold hearings on FY 2018 appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will testify on Tuesday at the Senate Subcommittee hearing and on … Continue Reading

President to Highlight Infrastructure Initiative This Week; FAA Reauthorization Update

Legislative Activity President to Highlight Infrastructure Initiative This Week President Trump will hold several events this week intended to increase support for his Infrastructure Initiative presumably by providing more details about the proposal. On Monday, the President will make an announcement at the White House with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) … Continue Reading

Congress Awaits 2018 Budget Proposal; Senate to Vote on Branstad Nomination

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00 pm today, May 22. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #55, the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to China, with the time until 5:30 pm equally divided. At 5:30 pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation … Continue Reading

Senate Considers Changing NAAQs; House Examines Army Corps and US Forest Service Budgets; State Department Seeks Global Scientists

Legislative Branch Activity This week on Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, will hold a hearing titled “Making Implementation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Ground-Level Ozone Attainable: Legislative Hearing on S.263 and S.452.” The NAAQs have been highly controversial since their … Continue Reading

President’s Budget; FAA Reauthorization; Drone Registration Rule; GHG Rule; MPO Consolidation Rule

Legislative Activity President’s Budget Expected this Week President Trump is expected to release his FY 2018 budget this week, and transportation stakeholders are eager to see whether the full budget includes cuts to transportation programs with bipartisan Congressional support that were included in the President’s “Skinny Budget” released in March. In particular, the Skinny Budget … Continue Reading

Infrastructure Week; Congress Continues to Examine Infrastructure Needs; FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity This Week is Infrastructure Week May 15 – 19 is Infrastructure Week, with numerous events being held in Washington D.C. and around the country in an effort to increase support for investing in the country’s infrastructure. Infrastructure Week’s kickoff event will be held the morning of Monday, May 15, at the U.S. Chamber … 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

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

Government Shutdown Looms as Current CR Expires Friday; White House Expresses Interest in Bipartisan Negotiations

Legislative Activity Government Shutdown Looms as Current CR Expires Friday; White House Expresses Interest in Bipartisan Negotiations Congress faces a short time frame to pass a spending package for the remainder of the current fiscal year and prevent a government shutdown as the current FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR/P.L. 114-254) expires Friday at midnight. House … Continue Reading

Mulvaney on Infrastructure Bill; Transportation Appropriations This Week

Legislative Activity Mulvaney: Infrastructure Bill Might Include $200 Billion in Direct Spending Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said that the Administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget could include $200 billion for infrastructure with the understanding that it would be leveraged at a 5-to-1 ratio to spur more than $1 … Continue Reading

Infrastructure Bill Could be Packaged with Tax Reform; Senate Commerce Committee to Consider Rosen’s Nomination to be DOT Deputy Secretary Soon; Many Members of Congress Seeking to Protect New Starts Funding; House and Senate Committees to Hold FAA Hearings

Legislative Activity Infrastructure Bill Could be Packaged with Tax Reform There has been considerable discussion on the Hill and in the Trump Administration about the prospects of combining a large-scale infrastructure bill with comprehensive tax reform. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently met with the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans … Continue Reading

Administration Indicates Turn to Tax Reform after Healthcare Fails, Potentially Moving Up Focus on Infrastructure; Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on Transportation Deputy Secretary Nominee

Legislative Activity Administration Indicates Turn to Tax Reform after Healthcare Fails, Potentially Moving Up Focus on Infrastructure The Trump Administration has indicated it will now turn to a comprehensive tax reform effort, as the House Republican’s healthcare reform proposal failed last week. The high-profile American Health Care Act (AHCA) failure showed starkly the divisions within … 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
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