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Becker’s Washington Weekly: May 10, 2021

THE HOUSE Republican members are poised to remove Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her conference leadership position and replace her with Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Some see this as retribution against Cheney for her outspoken criticism of former President Trump’s role in the violent January 6 attack of the Capitol and her subsequent vote to impeach the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: April 19, 2021

THE HOUSE The House returns this week and will spend Monday evening voting on a series of bills under suspension of the rules. Among the mostly non-controversial legislation expected to receive a vote and pass under suspension is a package of bills related to the Department of Homeland Security, HR 1532 – the Improving Federal […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 1, 2021

THE HOUSE The House is back in Washington, D.C. for votes this week. After passing an initial draft of President Biden’s proposed American Rescue Plan early Saturday morning, the House will turn to other Democratic priorities as it waits for the Senate to take up the nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation. One major bill […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 1, 2021

Both chambers of Congress are speeding towards passing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through budgetary reconciliation, which bypasses the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster rule in favor of a simple majority vote. In a 50-50 Senate, the move would require every Democrat – including centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) – to vote for the measure […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 30, 2020

THE HOUSE After cancelling scheduled votes for early in the week, the House will formally be back in session on Wednesday this week with much to accomplish before the end of the year. Federal government funding is currently set to expire in just eleven days. Last week, it was widely reported that House Appropriations Committee […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 26, 2020

The Elections That Will Determine Control of the Senate For the first time since 2014, control of what has been called the world’s greatest deliberative body – the United States Senate – feels truly up for grabs. The Senate of the current 116th Congress is comprised of 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (though two are […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 29, 2020

The House The House formally returned to session today for the final legislative week before the November elections. There are a number of important hearings scheduled for this week: The Natural Resources Committee will hold both a markup and legislative hearing this week; The Oversight Committee is holding two days of hearings on prescription drug […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: House Passes Stopgap Measure to Avoid Shutdown

On Tuesday, the House passed a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 11 on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. It now awaits consideration in the Senate, where it is expected to pass in the next week before government funding runs out on October 1. Congress will attempt to finalize nearly $1.4 […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 14, 2020

THE HOUSE The House formally returns to session on Monday with a series of votes on a number of non-controversial bills in the evening. The pressure on House Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is increasing as negotiations on another coronavirus relief bill have stalled. Democratic Leadership has thus far been steadfast in their calls for […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 3, 2020

Following a weekend of discussions, the four main players in the latest round of coronavirus relief negotiations – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin – met again this afternoon in the Capitol. Despite meeting for two hours, it […]

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