Archives: Congressional Action

Subscribe to Congressional Action RSS Feed

Congressional Review Act Developments

In response to the unprecedented use of the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) by the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration, the Center for Biological Diversity (“Center”), a nonprofit dedicated to wildlife conservation, filed a lawsuit in an Alaska federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Act. The CRA is a statute that requires federal agencies … 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

Trump Administration Executive Order on Ethics Breaks New Ground

President Trump signed an executive order on ethics this weekend that is similar in key respects to the Obama Administration’s executive order governing ethical conduct by presidential appointees. But in one key respect it is significantly broader in scope than the previous Obama executive order. The Trump executive order incorporates the concept of “lobbying activities,” … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – January 30, 2017

Following last week’s session shortened by the congressional Republican retreat to strategize for the 115th Congress, this week leadership in both chambers and congressional committees will begin to pursue some of the major Republican legislative priorities for the year ahead and put in place more of the President’s Cabinet nominees. Congressional activity this week is … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – January 23, 2017

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States last Friday, the Senate this week will continue to move forward on the consideration of the President’s cabinet picks while congressional committees on both sides of the Capitol begin to conduct their formal organization proceedings for the 115th Congress.  Members of both … Continue Reading

This Week in Congress – January 17, 2017

The House of Representatives is not in session this week for legislative business.  The Senate faces a shortened week, with the observance of the federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, and the inauguration of Donald Trump as President set for Friday, January 20. The Senate returns to legislative … Continue Reading

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