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This Week in Congress – January 9, 2017

Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps towards repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle. Both chambers are expected to begin their consideration of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget … Continue Reading

New Executive Branch Ethics Rules on Gifts and Procedures for New Hires, Appointees, and the Presidential Transition

The start of 2017 brings two changes to the federal Office of Government Ethics (“OGE”) rules for executive branch officers and employees. First, important changes to the executive branch gift rules went into effect this week.  We detailed those changes in this alert. Second, OGE’s overhaul of the Executive Branch Ethics Program regulations (5 C.F.R. … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – January 3, 2017

The 115th session of Congress will convene in the U.S. Capitol this week and, for the first time since 2006, Republicans will control both legislative chambers and the executive branch of government. The GOP retained its majority in the House and Senate in November’s election, and the unexpected (at least based on the pre-election polling) … Continue Reading

Congress asserts itself

The article below was published in The Hill on December 27th. Congress, and particularly the House of Representatives, appears poised to assert itself in a way not seen for decades. The legislative branch is seen by some as a weak institution, important mostly for its ability to influence the agencies of the executive branch (where … Continue Reading

Use of the Congressional Review Act in the 115th Congress to Overturn Obama Administration Regulations

In just five short weeks, the 115th Congress will convene in Washington.  Now that Republicans control majorities in both houses and the White House, Republican leaders hope to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn regulations issued by the Obama Administration over the past few months.  According to a recent Congressional Research Service review, … Continue Reading

Privacy and Data Security in the Trump Administration

Privacy and data security issues were prominent in the campaign. Allegations were even made that Russia was behind the DNC hack. Despite it being front and center in the campaign, cyber security did not generate specific policies from the Trump campaign. One thing Donald Trump did promise was a top to bottom review of US … Continue Reading

Trump and Health Care

It is safe to observe that modifying or repealing the Affordable Care Act (aka as Obamacare) will be the top health care-related priority of the Trump Administration. Trump spoke about repeal and replace often — he even called for a special session of Congress to repeal it — and while it was not among his … Continue Reading

Tax Reform in the Next Congress

It is clear that the next Congress and President-elect Trump very likely will to try to do corporate tax reform — particularly international tax reform. Among the reasons this is the case is that there is an emerging consensus among both parties from a policy perspective that improving the business tax code could make America … Continue Reading

The Dynamic Political and Public Policy Landscape in DC on Pharmaceutical Issues

The post-election period — from the lame duck congressional session to the first 100 days and beyond of a new Administration and Congress — is expected to be a time of extraordinary, if not unprecedented, public policy debate on issues that impact pharmaceutical/life sciences companies and interest groups. These issues present both significant threats and … Continue Reading

A New Miscellaneous Tariff-Cutting Process Takes Shape

In a notice published in Friday’s Federal Register, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) has issued interim rules implementing the new miscellaneous tariff bill process mandated by Congress in the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016.  The rules create a new pathway for U.S. manufacturers to seek temporary suspension or reduction of tariffs … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – September 19, 2016

The finish line for Congress could come this week as House and Senate leaders continue to negotiate the details of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running beyond the end of this month and into December, through the November election. The emerging details of the funding deal will overwhelm any other activity occurring … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – July 11, 2016

This week marks the final days of scheduled legislative business in the House and Senate before lawmakers adjourn for the national party conventions and an extended summer recess through the Labor Day holiday.  Republican leadership in both chambers have a full agenda prepared before members can depart the nation’s capital.  At the top of their … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – July 5, 2016

Members of the House had a brief reprieve from partisan battles in Washington, D.C. over the Independence Day recess, but they, along with their Senate colleagues, return to Capitol Hill this week to face the same unresolved issues they grappled with in June, including gun control and homeland security, advancing Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations, … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – June 20, 2016

Appropriations continue to dominate floor activity in both the House and Senate this week, but questions over the future of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations process will shift to the Senate where Democrats have forced votes on firearms issues in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.  While these firearms-related proposals are likely to … Continue Reading

“When One Door Closes . . .”: McCain-Feingold Opens “Soft Money” Loophole In the States

A recent settlement between the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) and Massachusetts Republican Party may highlight an emerging trend: state parties using federal preemption to avoid strict state campaign finance laws.  At issue was whether the Massachusetts Republican Party could use funds from its federal campaign account to pay for staff and … Continue Reading