Kaitlyn McClure

Kaitlyn McClure

Kaitlyn McClure is a policy advisor in Covington’s Public Policy Practice, leveraging her experience in government and politics to provide strategic advisory services and support to clients with legislative matters before government agencies and Congress.

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The Congressional Agenda for May

Members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess.  As with the congressional agenda in April, the Republican majority will work towards meeting deadlines on several priority items—Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bills, the Farm Bill authorization (set to lapse in September), the Federal Aviation … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for April

Today a three-week work period begins for Members of Congress arriving back in Washington, where President Trump has remained active (including via his Twitter account). The President has announced initiatives to address a host of topics, from immigration reform to international trade, as well as personnel changes within his Cabinet and White House staff. With the … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for January

The Republican-led Congress and President Trump secured their first significant legislative victory with the December passage of tax reform legislation. Following that success, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before adjourning for the Christmas-New Year break. As a result, congressional leaders have again put off a resolution of a … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for December

As has become customary in recent years, members of Congress face a daunting to-do list in the final weeks of 2017. Both chambers are scheduled to be in session through December 15, but the actual adjournment date for the year is likely to be pushed closer to the Christmas holiday or beyond, given the number … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for November

After months of talk, speculation and behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Republican tax reform proposal is expected to be released to the public this week. It is likely to remain at the forefront of legislative business during this November work period. The stakes surrounding it are very high; failure to pass the bill could have many effects, … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for October

In contrast to the September work period, when a number of must-pass measures and a last-ditch (and eventually unsuccessful) effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act topped the congressional agenda, the three-week October session is likely to see Republican leaders in the House and Senate try to advance one of their central policy goals: comprehensive … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for September

For the first months of united Republican governance in Washington, the new administration and Congress accomplished little: confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice, repeal of some late Obama-era regulations, and reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, despite seven years of promises lingers as … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for August

A brief column for a brief work period.  The House left at the end of last week for its annual August break.  The Senate had been scheduled to join the House too, but in the run-up to the debate on the failed healthcare-reform bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate would remain in … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for July

The three-week July work period is set to begin on Capitol Hill this week, with members returning from the Independence Day recess only to resume debate on the same issues that have consumed their attention for the first half of 2017. Health care repeal-and-replace efforts are again front and center as the Senate continues to … Continue Reading

The Congressional Agenda for June

As we noted at the end of our last weekly column, we intend to write on a monthly basis to outline what to expect in Congress for the next month.  Here we present the first such column.  Members of Congress will return to Washington, D.C. this week for a four-week work period before the scheduled … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – May 22, 2017

Members of the House and Senate are in session for one more week before the planned Memorial Day recess. The House is scheduled to take up a number of bills related to child protection while the Senate continues to work through nominations to the Trump Administration. Outside events, however, are again likely to overshadow the … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – May 15, 2017

Following their one-week recess, members of the House of Representatives will join their Senate colleagues back in Washington, D.C. this week, where the news of FBI Director James Comey’s sudden dismissal continues to reverberate.  President Trump’s unexpected decision to fire Director Comey dominated the news cycle last week and commanded the attention of the Senate, slowing legislative business … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – May 8, 2017

After the most significant and dramatic week of the 115th Congress, having kept the government funded through the end of the fiscal year and passed its bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the House is on a scheduled district work period with members working in their districts.  The Senate is the only chamber in session … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – May 1, 2017

Lawmakers were able to avert a shutdown on Friday by passing a one-week stopgap funding bill to keep the government operational.  This week they are looking to finalize a broader spending package for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, through September 30.  Leaders in both parties and chambers appear to be working through a number … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – April 24, 2017

After a two-week district work period, members of Congress return to Washington, D.C. this week with a major fiscal deadline looming on Friday.  The current continuing resolution is scheduled to expire at midnight on April 28, leaving the House and Senate very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – March 27, 2017

Republican leadership in the House and Senate will need to refocus their efforts this week on their agenda for the 115th Congress, following the failure of the House leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last week when Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) was forced to cancel a much-anticipated … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – March 13, 2017

Much of the attention on Capitol Hill this week will remain focused on activity surrounding the House Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan so far has been met with mixed reviews, with a number of Republican members in both chambers expressing their opposition to the legislation in its … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – March 6, 2017

Last week saw the President’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.  The speech was widely regarded as a success, though its long-term effect in Congress is likely to be muted.  Following the speech, Washington returned to a frenzy over contacts between persons involved in the Trump campaign and Russia.  It is against this … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – February 27, 2017

Both chambers are set to return on Monday after a weeklong recess, kicking off a six-week session of legislative business in Washington, D.C. The issues expected to dominate this work period include the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiations over how to keep the government funded beyond the … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – February 13, 2017

Both houses of Congress return on Monday. The Senate will continue to focus on confirming President Trump’s cabinet appointees and the House will continue to consider legislation disapproving federal regulations issued in the final months of the Obama Administration under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The House is scheduled to return to legislative business on … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – February 6, 2017

Congress this week will continue to move forward on approving President Trump’s cabinet nominees and disapproving federal regulations issued in the final months of President Obama’s Administration in an effort to overturn them under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). There will be an abbreviated week of legislative business in the House of Representatives, with the … Continue Reading
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