Muftiah M. McCartin

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Congressional Pandemic Oversight Bodies Begin to Take Shape

As we reported in our prior client advisory on the wave of investigations to follow the pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act established three new bodies to conduct oversight and investigations on pandemic-related issues. Separately, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a special committee to conduct additional pandemic-related oversight. In recent weeks, … Continue Reading

House Leaders Push Ahead with Proposal for Virtual Oversight

Last month, we highlighted congressional efforts to ensure that Congress is able to continue conducting the business of the American people during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. After weeks of halting progress, those efforts took an important step forward this morning with the release of a proposed resolution that would temporarily modify the House rules to enable … Continue Reading

Congressional Investigations and the Rules of the 116th Congress

With Congress heavily engaged in launching and pursuing new congressional investigations, particularly since the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives, many of our clients have questions regarding the rules that govern congressional investigations. While many aspects of congressional investigations are not subject to any rules at all, the House, Senate, and their respective committees … Continue Reading

House of Representatives Seeks to Strengthen Subpoena Enforcement Dramatically

In late October, the House of Representatives quietly approved a bill that would dramatically strengthen Congress’s procedures for enforcing congressional subpoenas.  In adopting the bill, the bipartisan leadership of the House Judiciary Committee highlighted the challenges that Congress faces in obtaining materials from executive branch agencies.  Significant portions of the bill, however, apply to all … Continue Reading

FY17 Reconciliation Instructions Expire September 30.

Procedural questions over when a budget resolution’s reconciliation instructions become stale have swirled for years.  There were three options: the end of a fiscal year; until the next budget resolution overtakes it (and next budget resolution could certainly affirmatively preserve it); or  the end of a Congress.  The huge news out of the Senate today … Continue Reading

What’s Next for TPP: Will Congress Ratify in 2016?

After more than 5 years of negotiations between partner countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was finalized in October 2015 and will be confirmed through a formal signing ceremony on February 4th in New Zealand. Although the terms … Continue Reading

Appropriations Legislation May Pass

Since last summer the Appropriators and the Leaderships on both sides of the Rotunda have said that any final decision on passing appropriations measures for FY 2015 will depend on the outcome of the election.  Although the election has passed, there will be no certain decision about FY 2015 until, at the earliest, next week … Continue Reading

Tax Fairness for Renewable Energy

Congress has a great opportunity to amend the tax code in a way which will benefit the environment, promote American jobs, and foster diversity in our energy sources. It can achieve these results by enacting the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act. Since the early 1980’s, oil and gas producers have been permitted to use Master … Continue Reading
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