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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 22

Shakeup in Washington Lawmakers return to a seismically different Washington this week with President Joe Biden announcing that he will end his reelection campaign and endorse Vice President Kamala Harris to succeed him, just one month shy of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago where the party will select its nominee for president. Meanwhile, Congress […]

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Becker Spotlight: Potential Impacts of the Supreme Court’s Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo Decision

Written by Alicia Marrero-Riera with assistance from Perry S. Adair Introduction On June 28, 2024, in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision overturning the longstanding Chevron deference doctrine, a judicial practice that largely required courts to defer to agencies’ interpretations of statutes in rulemaking. This decision is predicted to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 24

House Lawmakers Close Out June The House is the only Chamber in town this week with the Senate out until after the Fourth of July recess week (which the House will also observe). President Joe Biden will spend the week at Camp David preparing for his Thursday night debate against former president Donald Trump. House […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 17

Senate in Session Half of Congress is in session this week with only Senators returning to Washington to vote on nominees amid a mid-week recess commemorating Juneteenth. Senators will also participate in several committee hearings this week, including the following: The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will consider legislation reauthorizing the FCC’s spectrum auction […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 10

Congress Back in Washington: This marks the last week that both the House and Senate will be in Washington at the same time for the month of June. Senators return to take up regular business, and House lawmakers have several votes scheduled in both regular order and expedited procedures. Moving through regular order is a […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 3

Summer Session Begins Lawmakers return to D.C. this week following its Memorial Day recess to kick off its summer appropriations agenda ahead of the September 30th government shutdown deadline. It is expected to be a quick working week as several Members will be travelling to Normandy, France ahead of the 80th anniversary of D-Day this […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 20

Memorial Day Push Congress returns to Washington this week to tackle its legislative agenda before breaking for its week-long Memorial Day recess. In the Senate, Members are slated to vote on judicial nominees. It’s also been reported that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is set to revive the stalled bipartisan immigration bill authored by Sens. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 13

The House Stays Open The House of Representatives is still open for business this week after Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) easily survived a motion to vacate brought by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) last week, thanks to a bipartisan vote to kill the measure. This week, Members return to Washington to pass a long-awaited bill […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 6

To Vacate or Not to Vacate? Congress returns to Washington in what could be House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) final week as leader of the Chamber. That’s because Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is set to proceed with a motion to vacate this week to strip Speaker Johnson of the gavel over long-standing policy disagreements. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 29

Congress Returns from Recess Congress returns to DC from its recess this week after passing a long-awaited foreign aid bill for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, which would also effectively ban the social media app TikTok. House lawmakers return to a packed legislative agenda with 17 bills to be taken up on expedited procedures, including those […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 15

Congress Revamps Agenda The House returns to Washington with an entirely new agenda this week in response to Iran’s missile attack on Israel over the weekend. Instead of taking up legislation regarding appliance efficiency standards, lawmakers will shift to a series of financial-themed bills targeting Iran, including prohibitions of certain financial transactions, sanctions of foreign […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 8

Congress Returns The House and Senate return to Washington for the first time in two weeks following lawmakers’ Spring recess. Members left just before passing a full FY24 appropriations package, thus closing out a drawn-out government funding battle to avert a shutdown through the end of September. Senators are set to consider judicial nominations this […]

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Becker Named Top-Performing Lobbying Firm by Bloomberg Government for Fifth Year

Federal lobbying spending topped $4 billion in 2023 and Becker is proud to announce that once again the firm has been named to Bloomberg Government’s list of Top-Performing Lobbying Firms. Out of the registered lobbying firms that filed Lobbying Disclosure Act reports with the Senate during 2023, Bloomberg Government reviewed the firms that reported revenues […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 18

Another Shutdown Showdown Lawmakers return to Washington this week ahead of another potential government shutdown on Friday for roughly three-quarters of the federal government. The deadline is the second out of the two-tiered government funding stopgap Congress passed in recent weeks, splitting funding deadlines into two dates for different portions of the federal government. Congress […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 11

Government Still Open The House and Senate return to a fully-open Washington, D.C. after lawmakers passed a final appropriations bill fully funding departments set to shut down last Friday – including the Departments of Transportation, Justice, and Commerce – thus ending a drawn-out appropriations process that kicked off this time last year. Members have one […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 4

Shutdown Averted(?) Lawmakers from both Chambers return to Washington this week after passing another extension of short-term “laddered” government funding to March 8th and 22nd, all before reaching a final agreement on FY24 appropriations for those bills falling under the new March 8th deadline. Over the weekend, Members released the text of a partial appropriations […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 26

Shutdown Showdown House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this week, cutting short their President’s Day recess in an attempt to pass a full appropriations bill ahead of a partial government shutdown this Friday (and a full shutdown next Friday).  The leadership of both parties will meet with President Joe Biden this week at the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 12

Congress Back in Town The House and Senate return to Washington this week with a packed legislative agenda before leaving town for their Presidents Day week-long recess. The majority of House bills set for the week will be taken up on expedited procedures and deal with international issues, including human rights abuses in China, Indo-Pacific […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 5

Congress Debates the Border Lawmakers from both Chambers return to Washington this week after Senate negotiators released the text of a long-awaited national security proposal over the weekend providing $118.3 billion in both aid to Ukraine and changes in immigration policy. The proposal would provide $60 million for Ukraine as well as make several changes […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 29

Congress Back in Town Both Chambers of Congress are back in town after the House’s recess last week. Lawmakers continue to negotiate a bipartisan tax proposal and an ongoing Senate-led immigration reform package – both of which the White House has announced its support for. However, the timing for when either item will get to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 22

Shutdown Delayed Lawmakers voted last week to pass another stopgap funding measure to keep the government open on a “laddered” structure through March 1st and 8th (up from January 19th and February 2nd). The move will give Members more time to negotiate a full funding deal for the prior fiscal year. Meanwhile, the House is […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 15

Congress Full Steam Ahead Congress kicked off its second work week of 2024 with two bipartisan, bicameral proposals: a tax package and a stopgap funding deal to avert a government shutdown at the end of the week. The stopgap proposal was released Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee and has the backing of Senate Majority […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 8

The House: The House returns this week to continue discussions on the looming January 19th deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA)  have negotiated an agreement on the top-line spending levels for the current fiscal, reducing the likelihood of a partial government shutdown on […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 11

The House: The House returns for its final scheduled working week of the year with several authorization bills teed up before Members leave town. Chief among the slated bills include a short-term FAA reauthorization through March 8th to give more time for negotiations amid the Senate’s stalled version. Others include the national defense authorization bill […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 4

Congress Back in Town: Congress returns to Washington this week down a Member after House lawmakers voted to expel now-former Rep. George Santos (R-NY).  This week, the Chamber is set to take up 11 bills under expedited procedures, including those dealing with veterans benefits, federal energy research, and commuter rail benefits. House lawmakers will also […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 27

Congress Closing Out 2023 With three working weeks left in the year, Congress returns to Washington this week from its Thanksgiving recess after extending government funding through two “staggered” dates – January 19th and February 2nd by which time Members will need to reach another funding agreement to avoid a shutdown. However, lawmakers are also […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 13

The House Congress returns to Washington in what is the last full week before the November 17th government funding deadline by which Members must pass a spending package to avoid a shutdown. House lawmakers will meet this week to vote on Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) “laddered” stopgap bill proposal that would fund one group of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 6

The House House lawmakers return to D.C. in what will be Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-LA) second full week on the job. This week, Members will take up the FY24 Transportation-Housing & Urban Development (THUD) and Financial Services bills, in addition to legislation under expedited procedures which include the following: Several bills authorizing land transfers and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 30, 2023

The House Congress is back open for business again after House lawmakers elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the next Speaker of the House following three unsuccessful nominations of prior candidates. With a Speaker now in office, the House can now conduct normal floor business including advancing appropriations bills. Upon his election, Speaker Johnson set […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 23, 2023

The House:  House Republicans return to D.C. this week to pick their third nominee for Speaker of the House after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) failed to win the necessary votes on the floor over three ballots. Announced Speaker candidates include the following: House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) Mike Johnson (R-LA) Jack Bergman (R-MI) Austin […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 16, 2023

Congress Trudges On: Congress is effectively paralyzed with the House of Representatives still lacking a Speaker. Last week, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) won his party’s nomination to be Speaker before withdrawing his name from consideration amid his narrow victory over House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan (R-OH). House Republicans then nominated Rep. Jordan to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 9, 2023

Congress in Standstill: Just as Congress narrowly averted a shutdown late last month, the House of Representatives is effectively closed for business after Members voted to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of the House. Running to replace McCarthy are House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) who […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 2, 2023

Shutdown Averted … For Now: In a surprise turn of events, Congress avoided a government shutdown over the weekend by crafting and passing a stopgap funding bill to keep the federal government open through November 17th and give lawmakers more time to negotiate a full appropriations package. House Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 25, 2023

Shutdown Showdown: This is Congress’ last full week to pass an appropriations package by midnight Saturday to avert a government shutdown. While House lawmakers are setting up votes on four individual FY24 appropriations bills – Defense, Homeland Security, State-Foreign Operations, and Agriculture-FDA – thin voting margins in the Chamber may complicate that process. The Senate’s […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 18, 2023

The House: House lawmakers return to Washington this week with a stopgap funding proposal from Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and his leadership team to keep the government open past the September 30th deadline to allow more time to negotiate a full funding package. The stopgap would last through October 31st and would make an across-the-board […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 11, 2023

Congress Back in Session Washington, D.C. is back in full swing with the House returning from its month-long August recess. Both Chambers return to a packed agenda, including floor votes for various appropriations bills ahead of the September 30th deadline to avoid a government shutdown. The House will also vote on legislation dealing with sanctions […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 4, 2023

Congress Returns from Recess The Senate returns to DC this week from its month-long August recess, with the House to follow next week. Members have a lengthy agenda to attend to in the coming weeks, including passing a government funding package by September 30th to avoid a shutdown. Senate appropriators have marked up all 12 […]

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Becker Spotlight: Overview of the Current Status of Cryptocurrencies

Written by: Jose Molinelli, Legislative Intern Cryptocurrencies and digital assets have been a cause of growing fascination and concern since the emergence of large scale cryptocurrency markets in 2010. The lucrative yet volatile nature of cryptocurrencies have made trading them both an attractive and risky business; however, its growing adoption in commerce and government has led to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 24, 2023

Congress’ Final Stretch Before Recess This week marks the final work week for Congress before breaking for its month-long August recess. In that time, Members plan to tee up several FY24 spending bills, in addition to key aviation and defense authorization bills, that they will need to clear before the September 30th government shutdown deadline. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 17, 2023

Congress Chugs Along Lawmakers return to Washington for the penultimate work week ahead of Congress’ month-long August recess. The Senate will take up its version of the FY 2024 defense authorization bill following the House’s lead last week, although the differences between the two bills will ultimately need to be reconciled before final passage. In […]

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Becker Spotlight: The Status of AI and What Lies Ahead

Written by: Jose Molinelli, Legislative Intern Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a topic of growing interest in both government and business. Its myriad of benefits and risks pose a dilemma in striking a balance between incentivizing its development and mitigating its potential impacts on civil rights, national security, and democracy. This article summarizes the history […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 10, 2023

Crunch Time for Congress Both Chambers of Congress return to DC this week following a two-week recess, and have only three short weeks left to do business before the month-long August recess which signals the homestretch of this year’s session. The House The House is starting the week with a bang, as it will take […]

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Becker Spotlight: Latest Proposals for Immigration Reform in Congress

Written by: Jose Molinelli, Legislative Intern Amid the ongoing push for immigration reform from both parties in Congress, two proposals have recently emerged in the House of Representatives and the Senate: The bipartisan “Dignity for Immigrants while Guarding our Nation to Ignite and Deliver the American Dream Act of 2023” (DIGNIDAD), which was introduced by […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 19, 2023

The House The House returns to DC this week after Speaker McCarthy reached a tentative agreement to reopen floor votes after a handful of lawmakers initially blocked the process due to objections over the debt limit deal passed earlier in the month. Lawmakers will take up several bills under expedited procedures, including those concerning VA […]

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Becker Named Top-Performing Lobbying Firm by Bloomberg Government for Fourth Year

In 2022, lobbying spending in Washington reached a new high of $4 billion and Becker is proud to announce that once again the firm has been named to Bloomberg Government’s list of Top-Performing Lobbying Firms. Out of the registered lobbying firms that filed Lobbying Disclosure Act reports with the Senate during 2022, Bloomberg Government reviewed […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 12, 2023

Congress Back to Business The House returns to Washington this week after Speaker Kevin McCarthy sent Members home earlier-than-expected last week. The Chamber is expected to take up a number of bills under expedited procedures, including those calling for the release of American prisoners in Russia, providing block grants for crop losses, and creating a […]

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Becker’s Federal Lobbying Team Secures Millions in Federal Funding to Upgrade Safety at Rail Crossings in Broward County

Becker’s Federal Lobbying team secured more than $15 million in federal funding to upgrade safety at rail crossings on the busy Florida East Coast Railway line throughout Broward County. The grant, from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), was awarded to Broward’s Metropolitan Planning Organization in early June. It is part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 5, 2023

Congress Clears the Debt Limit Both Chambers of Congress return to Washington this week after swiftly passing the debt limit agreement negotiated by President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy. With the debt ceiling behind them, Members are returning to regular business. House lawmakers are set to take up a number of market-related bills this […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 29, 2023

Debt Limit Crunch Time All eyes are on Washington this week as President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy sell their bipartisan debt limit agreement to Members of Congress for passage before the expected June 5th default date. The text of the nearly 100-page deal was released over the weekend, the key details of which […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 22, 2023

The House The House is the only game in town this week with the Senate out on recess. The Chamber will take up several bills this week, including the following: A package of veterans-related bills that would expand healthcare and cost of living benefit eligibilities, as well as modify a veterans education and employment program […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 15, 2023

Congress Both Chambers of Congress return to DC this week to take up usual business. First, the House is set to take up a number of bills under expedited procedures, including a bill adding requirements for court orders preventing electronic communications service providers from informing customers if the government searches its electronic database. The House […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 8, 2023

Congress Both Chambers of Congress are back in session this week with the House set to take up several bills, including the following: A bill restricting asylum eligibility, resuming border wall construction, and requiring employers to verify their employees legal status A bill allowing states to reclaim 25% of recovered fraudulent unemployment or pandemic-aid payments […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 1, 2023

Congress The Senate is the only game in town this week with the House out on recess until next week. Senators will begin this week by holding a confirmation vote on Anthony Johnstone to become a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with additional votes lined up later in the week on three […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 24, 2023

Congress Back in Session Both Chambers return to DC this week to take up usual business. The House will consider several bills this week under expedited procedures, including those concerning the FCC’s oversight of satellites and authorization of spectrum usage to provide expanded emergency alerts. House Members will also take up Speaker McCarthy’s new Debt […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 17, 2023

The House House Members return to D.C. this week following a two-week recess for Easter and Passover. Lawmakers are hitting the ground running ahead of the next recess in June with a slate of floor votes on various measures. Three bills that will be taken up on expedited procedures include those condemning Russia for taking […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 27, 2023

The House The House returns to Washington this week before embarking on a two-week recess for Easter. This week, Members will take up legislation streamlining and increasing environmental permitting for domestic energy production, infrastructure projects, and other activities while reducing reliance on foreign minerals. Members are also set to take up several bills under expedited […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 20, 2023

The Senate The Senate returns this week to take up a repeal of the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq in addition to nominations which were teed up last week, although continuing health-related absences from Sens. John Fetterman (D-PA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could complicate that process. The Chamber will […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 13, 2023

Congress The Senate is back in session this week while House Members are on recess. Senators are expected to take up a number of Administration nominees and a bill repealing a House-passed bill repealing a Biden Administration rule governing water and wetland protections. However, three Senators’ health-related absences may complicate the process.  Key nominations this […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 6, 2023

The House The House returns to DC this week to take up a number of bills, chief among them being a bill that would repeal the Biden Administration’s rule expending environmental protections for several bodies of water. Other bills include those concerning servicemember tuition reimbursements and VA operations such as offsite emergency healthcare coverage, medical […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 27, 2023

Congress Back in Session The House and Senate return to Washington this week following their respective recesses. House lawmakers are hitting the ground running by taking up a number of bills, including those that would extend the FCC’s spectrum auction power through mid-May and require the Commerce Department to provide congressional reports on mobile network […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 6, 2023

The House The House returns this week to take up a number of bills on the floor, including: A bill requiring the Energy Department to provide financial assistance to certain post-grad students enrolled in cybersecurity and energy infrastructure classes. A bill placing hundreds of acres of federal lands in trusts for the Pala Band of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 30, 2023

The 118th Congress Continues Both Chambers of Congress return to Washington this week, with only the House scheduled to hold votes. The House will take up a number of bills, including those that would reverse a number of COVID-19-era policies such as the healthcare worker vaccine mandate, pandemic-era work-from-home for federal agencies, and the public […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 23, 2023

The House The House returns this week to take up a number of bills, beginning with a measure to require the Energy Department to craft a plan to increase oil and gas production leases on federal lands before it can continue to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The Chamber will then proceed to several measures […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 9, 2023

The 118th Congress Begins Washington officially has two working branches of Congress after a four-day, 15-ballot marathon where House Republicans elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as the next Speaker of the House. Republicans won a majority in the 2022 midterms, but their narrower-than-expected victory allowed some House Republican holdouts to initially deny McCarthy the gavel […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 19, 2022

117th Congress: The Final Countdown Congress returns for its final working week of the year to pass a year-long, roughly $1.7 trillion government funding bill before December 23rd to avert a government shutdown. Lawmakers had passed a short-term extension of last week’s funding deadline to provide more time for negotiations. House and Senate leaders have since agreed […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 12, 2022

The House The House is set to take up a number of bills under suspension of the rules, including those that would update federal procurement regulations to better flag conflicts of interests, provide more collective bargaining rights to certain Veterans Health Administration professionals, and establish a nationwide law enforcement de-escalation training program at the DOJ. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 5, 2022

The House The House returns this week to begin the final month of the 117th Congress and plan for the 118th. House Republicans will begin the formal process this week to select next Congress’ committee chairs who will set the tone for the party’s legislative priorities. Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also announced that he […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 28, 2022

117th Congress’ Final Weeks The House and Senate return to DC this week after the Thanksgiving Recess for its final stretch of the 2022 working period. Lawmakers still need to clear must-pass pieces of legislation during that time such as a government funding bill and a national defense authorization, but the impending transfer of power […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 21, 2022

Meet the 118th Congress The following provides an overview of the 118th Congress beginning January 2023, including expected leadership structures of House and Senate committees. House Republicans will take control of the Chamber and committees next year, making Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) the next likely Speaker of the House with Rep. Steven Scalise (R-LA) as […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 14, 2022

Congress’ Lame Duck Session Begins Lawmakers return to Washington this week for the first time in over a month following the midterm elections where Democrats held their Senate majority. While votes are still being counted and a Georgia Senate runoff is set for December 6th, Congress still has a slammed agenda to grapple with this […]

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Becker Spotlight: Congress’ Post-Midterm To-Do List

Lawmakers return from their midterm election recess on November 14th, at which time they’ll need to pass an omnibus government funding package and the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). They will also likely take up votes on extensions of tax benefits, same-sex marriage, and amendments to the Electoral Count Act. Congress already passed a […]

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IRS Announces Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Ian in Florida

September 29, 2022 – Washington, D.C. — Victims of Hurricane Ian that began September 23 in Florida now have until February 15, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Following the recent disaster declaration issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 26, 2022

The Senate Senators return to DC tomorrow to take the lead on passing a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown this Friday. Lawmakers will hold a procedural vote Tuesday to launch the vehicle containing the continuing resolution (CR) which will last through mid-December and is expected to include $12 billion in aid for […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 19, 2022

The House The House is in this week and has yet to release text for a stopgap funding measure to keep the government running past September 30. However, it will take up 26 bills under expedited procedures, including the following: A bill reauthorizing the Peace Corps. A bill creating a Global Telecommunications Strategy commission within […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 12, 2022

The House All of D.C. is back in action this week with the House returning to session following its August and Labor Day recesses. House members have been scrambling to put together text for a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running through September 30 to avoid a shutdown. One issue that could derail […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 5, 2022

The Administration President Biden enters the month of September after signing key pieces of legislation last month, including the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as bills addressing funding for semiconductor chips and veterans’ toxic burn pits. This week, President Biden is holding a cabinet meeting at the White House with Vice President Harris attending. He […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 8, 2022

Build Back Better, Rebuilt This past weekend, Senate Democrats passed their long-awaited yet slimmed down version of President Biden’s Build Back Better climate and healthcare spending bill, largely paid for by increased corporate taxes and IRS enforcement. While the reconciliation bill is not final, the news represents a win for congressional Democrats who are back […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 1, 2022

The Senate The Senate will stay in Washington one more week before beginning its August recess to tackle a veterans healthcare bill, new NATO admissions, and a last-minute reconciliation deal. Last week, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) struck a surprise deal with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to announce a stripped-down reconciliation package calling for […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 25, 2022

The House This week marks the House’s last full working week before its month-long August recess. The Chamber will aim to pass a number of bills in that time, including: A bill to create the National Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Program and aid environmental justice communities. A bill authorizing grant programs supporting certain South Asian […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 18, 2022

The House The House returns this week to take up six FY23 appropriations bills, which have been dubbed the “minibus.” It includes the Agriculture, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior-Environment, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Transportation-HUD bills. These bills generally reflect the 14% non-defense increases sought by President Biden. However, they will likely need to be […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 11, 2022

The House The House returns from its two-week Independence Day recess, leaving it with only two full working weeks before its month-long August recess. Lawmakers are set to take up a number of bills this week, including those drafted in response to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Such bills would codify the […]

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Becker Organizes Washington, D.C. Advocacy Days for Hispanic National Bar Association

Becker’s Federal Lobbying team recently organized one of the first large-scale White House meetings (post-COVID restrictions) for client, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). The HNBA, which is the leading national voice of the Hispanic Legal Community, held its annual Washington, D.C. Advocacy Days in late May. The Becker team, including Bert Gómez, Alfonso Lopez, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 20, 2022

The Administration President Biden is slowly reviving talks with congressional Democrats to advance his stalled Build Back Better agenda and rein in inflation. The package, which is rumored to be announced this week, could include measures that can pass a party-line vote in the 50-50 Senate such as insulin price controls, diverse energy investments, and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 13, 2022

The House The House has a busy week ahead with a number of hearings, markups, and floor votes scheduled. First, six of the 12 House appropriation subcommittees will mark up their respective annual funding bills. These subcommittees include Defense, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-VA, Agriculture-FDA, Homeland Security, and Financial Services. The chamber will also take up […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 6, 2022

The Administration President Biden enters this week with a better-than-expected jobs report for the month of May that details a 390,000 increase in non-farm payrolls and a steady 3.6% unemployment rate. However, the Administration is continuing to address rising inflation due to supply chain backlogs and other setbacks caused by the pandemic that have caused […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 23, 2022

The Administration President Biden is in Tokyo today meeting with Japanese leaders as part of his first Asia visit as President. He began that visit in Seoul last week, where he signed a $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill that provides both military and humanitarian aid to the country in the midst of the Russian invasion. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 16, 2022

The Senate Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) was hospitalized this weekend after suffering a stroke. Because the Chamber is divided 50-50, his absence could disrupt key Senate votes this week including one on a $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill which Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked last week. The Senate will conduct several hearings this week: […]

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Becker Named Top-Performing Lobbying Firm by Bloomberg Government for Third Year

Becker is proud to announce that once again the firm has been named to Bloomberg Government’s list of Top-Performing Lobbying Firms. In 2021, the industry’s revenue hit an all-time high of $1.92 billion. Out of the registered lobbying firms that filed Lobbying Disclosure Act reports with the Senate during 2021, Bloomberg Government reviewed the firms […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 9, 2022

The Administration This week, President Biden will sign S.3522 to expand the President’s lend-lease agreement authority to expedite the delivery of weapons to Ukraine and allies. The President is also pushing Congress to consider his request for an additional $33 billion in emergency funding for Ukraine, as the already authorized $13.6 billion in Ukrainian aid […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 2, 2022

The Senate Senators will continue to hold hearings related to the President’s budget request this week, as the House will begin work on developing FY 2023 appropriations bills when they return from a weeklong recess. The Senate will also consider the House-passed China competition bill this week. The Senate will also host numerous hearings this week: The Senate Commerce, Science, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 25, 2022

The House and Senate Congress is back in session this week following its two-week Spring Recess, and will remain in session for the next five weeks before the Memorial Day Recess. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced plans to vote on the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, which has already passed the Senate with […]

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Becker Lobbyists Welcome Newest Client, HP Inc.; National Reach of Firm Grows

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced its representation of HP Inc. to provide lobbying services on the federal level in Washington, DC, and on the state level in Sacramento, California. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, HP has a technology product and service portfolio of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 11, 2022

The Administration Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been confirmed as the Supreme Court’s newest Associate Justice. She is the first African American Woman to sit on the highest court in the land, and will replace Justice Steven Breyer, whom she previously clerked for, when the Court’s current term ends this June. Jackson was approved […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of April 4, 2022

The Administration President Biden and world leaders are reacting to Russia’s weekend attacks on Ukrainian civilians, with the President going so far as to call for war crime trials against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Domestically, President Biden is renewing his call for gun law reform following last weekend’s mass shooting in Sacramento, California that killed […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 28, 2022

The Administration President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2023 budget request today. The request calls for a $1 trillion reduction in deficit spending over the next decade and flexible social spending legislation. The President’s budget request also includes a plan to levy a 20% minimum tax on U.S. households worth more than $100 million who […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 21, 2022

This Week: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson This week, the Senate will begin confirmation hearings for President Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court, as well as the first Justice to have been a public defender. Her […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 14, 2022

The Administration Last week, Congress passed an omnibus budget bill to fully fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. Since the start of the Fiscal Year in October, the government has been funded by a series of continuing resolutions that only extended the prior fiscal year’s funding levels. President Biden is […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 7, 2022

Congress Both Chambers return to Washington this week as Senate and House lawmakers work to finalize a $1.5 trillion government funding package before Friday’s deadline, or else be forced to pass another continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown. Since the current fiscal year began October 1, 2021, the Federal government has been funded by […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 28, 2022

The Administration Washington—and the world—remain focused on Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The United States and its NATO allies have imposed a series of strict sanctions on Russia, and Russia’s economy has already been impacted, including its energy sector, which many countries depend upon. The Administration plans to release emergency oil reserves to mitigate an […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 21, 2022

The Senate The Senate has until Friday’s government funding deadline to pass a stopgap measure that cleared the House last week. The measure would temporarily fund the government until mid-March. The framework for this fiscal year’s appropriations bills has been agreed to, and the temporary funding measure would buy lawmakers time to fine-tune the details […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 14, 2022

The Senate The Senate has until Friday’s government funding deadline to pass a stopgap measure that cleared the House last week. The measure would temporarily fund the government until mid-March. The framework for this fiscal year’s appropriations bills has been agreed to, and the temporary funding measure would buy lawmakers time to fine-tune the details […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 7, 2022

Updates on Government Spending, Russia Sanctions, and Jobs The House and Senate are both in session this week as the February 18 government funding deadline approaches. Both chambers are negotiating an omnibus spending package and need to finalize multiple measures, although the House is planning on passing another continuing resolution this week to last through […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 31, 2022

The Administration Last week, Supreme Court Justice Steven Breyer announced his retirement from the bench. His retirement now allows President Biden to nominate his successor who he has promised will be an African American woman. He announced that he will make his decision by the end of February, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 24, 2022

The Administration The State Department has ordered the evacuation of all family members of U.S. Embassy personnel from Kyiv, Ukraine due to the heightened risk of Russia’s invasion of the country. President Biden is considering deploying troops in the region as he continues to send lethal aid to Ukraine. On the domestic front, the White […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 17, 2022

The Senate This week, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will begin debating voting rights legislation in the Senate as Democrats continue to push their legislative agenda. The chamber will begin with the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act after they passed the House, though its prospects in the Senate are […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 10, 2022

The Administration President Biden will give his first State of the Union Address on March 1 after accepting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation. Additionally, President Biden is pivoting congressional Democrats’ agenda towards passing voting rights legislation to counteract state legislatures’ recent rollback of ballot access. Democrats are hoping to either convince Republicans to join them […]

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Becker Expands its Lobbying Footprint in California

Providing Representation and Lobbying Services for Federal and State Clients Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 5, 2022 – Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals throughout the US, announced that it has expanded its footprint to Sacramento to provide representation and lobbying services for federal and state clients in California. Becker […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 3, 2022

Happy 2022! The Administration and the Senate The Biden Administration hopes to continue progress towards passing the Build Back Better Act (BBB) this year after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) shockingly announced his opposition to the measure in the twilight of 2021. The Administration and Congress will likely either continue negotiations to further scale back the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 20, 2021

The Build Back Better Act Yesterday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered a fatal blow to the Build Back Better Act (BBB) when he announced he will not vote for it, shocking the White House which was in ongoing negotiations with him. The Act is a budgetary reconciliation bill encompassing many of President Biden’s and Democrats’ […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 13, 2021

Finishing 2021’s To-Do List Lawmakers in both houses will vote to raise the debt limit past the 2022 midterms, just as Treasury Secretary Yellen warned the U.S. could breach its current limit and default as soon as this week. Senate Republicans backed a one-time bill to suspend the filibuster’s 60-vote hurdle to fast-track extending the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 6, 2021

The End of Year Push Continues Last week, Congress passed and President Biden signed into law a stopgap measure to fund the Federal Government and avoid a government shutdown through mid-February. The measure funds the government at current levels while new funding legislation is negotiated and finalized, buying Congress more time to finalize that legislation. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 29, 2021

Congress Returns Today to Finish a Busy 2021 The Federal Government faces the threat of another government shutdown this Friday, December 3, when funding will run out. To avert a shutdown, lawmakers will need to pass another temporary stopgap spending measure or a full funding bill. House Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) wants to pass another temporary measure […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 22, 2021

The House The House is out this week for Thanksgiving apart from a pro forma session on Tuesday. Last Friday, after receiving the cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the House passed the Build Back Better Act. The Act’s social infrastructure and tax-and-spend measures include: Four weeks of paid family leave Universal preschool […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 15, 2021

The House This week, the House will likely consider the tax-and-spend reconciliation bill currently undergoing a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost analysis. Moderate Democrats have withheld their support for the bill until they see a CBO report that aligns with previous White House cost estimates. Progressives insist they will vote on the bill regardless of […]

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Becker Spotlight: Legislative Outlook

Congress has only five legislative days until its Thanksgiving recess and just ten days until December 3 when the government funding stopgap expires. While Congress is set to conclude its 2021 business on December 10, Members may stay in town past that point to take up last-minute legislation. Legislative Outlook: Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 8, 2021

Infrastructure Week is Finally Here Late last Friday, the House passed the $550 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill – the final step needed to send the measure to President Biden’s desk for his signature. The long-awaited vote came after months of delays and political balking between House Progressives and Senate Moderates over the scope of the […]

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

The Administration President Biden’s domestic agenda – housed in both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the partisan reconciliation deal – is the closest it has ever been to passing, with votes on both measures expected to occur this week. If they pass, it will give President Biden the credibility boost he needs as he continues […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 25, 2021

The Administration Over the weekend, President Biden met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) at his Delaware home to break the gridlock on his multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill. While no official deal has been announced, it is likely that key climate and family care provisions will be pared back or […]

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Becker Welcomes Norfolk Airport Authority as Newest Federal Lobbying Client

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announces that they will be providing comprehensive federal government relations and legislative liaison services on behalf of their newest client, Norfolk Airport Authority (NAA). The NAA is political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia and an independent […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 18, 2021

The Administration Although Congress temporarily extended the debt limit through December 3, 2021, some experts believe the actual deadline will be much later. Flexible spending and collection from coronavirus relief, tax revenues, and a potential boost to the Highway Trust Fund through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan (should it pass) will impact when Congress passes the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 11, 2021

The Administration President Biden faces compounding challenges with the embattled infrastructure deal, the ongoing pandemic, and record-low approval numbers – all of which threaten Democrats’ already slim majorities in Congress. The United States and the Taliban had their first formal meeting last weekend following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The two sides met in Doha, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 4, 2021

Last Thursday – the end of the previous fiscal year – Congress staved off an impending government shutdown by passing a temporary stopgap measure to keep the government funded at current levels through December 3rd. In the interim, lawmakers will continue to negotiate various appropriations bills containing the President’s budget requests that failed to pass […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 27, 2021

Democrats face their biggest challenge in operating a united government this week by attempting to pass legislation advancing President Biden’s domestic agenda, avoiding a government shutdown, and keeping the United States from defaulting on its debts for the first time in history. This week, the House will consider the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package which passed the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 20, 2021

The House As recess concludes, House lawmakers return to D.C. to consider measures to fund the government before it shuts down in 10 days. They are likely to pass a temporary stopgap spending measure until a permanent appropriations bill is passed sometime in December. Though language has not been released, House Democrats are also expected […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 13, 2021

The House This week, House Committees will markup their portions of congressional Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which Members hope to pass by the end of September. Those Committees are: Agriculture, Energy & Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Ways & Means. Because Democrats can only afford to lose […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 6, 2021

The House & The Senate There are a small number of hearings and markups this week, despite the ongoing congressional recess. The House Financial Services Committee will consider emergency rental assistance during the pandemic, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will discuss the future of biomedicine. The Senate’s Special Committee on Aging […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 30, 2021

The Administration The nation is reeling from the tragic deaths of 13 U.S. servicemembers and dozens of Afghans during an ISIS-K attack on Kabul’s Airport. In the wake of the bombing, President Biden authorized a counteroffensive that eliminated two ISIS-K members. He has also committed that his Administration would evacuate as many willing U.S. citizens, […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 23, 2021

The House The House returns from its August recess this week to debate the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure package, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Democrat-only budget resolution sets a September 15th deadline for Senate and House committees to allocate $3.5 trillion among their areas of jurisdiction […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 9, 2021

The Senate The Senate moves closer to passing the $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure package this week. After a weekend of debate, 18 Senate Republicans joined all 50 Democratic Senators to limit further debate on the bill, indicating bipartisan support for the bill’s passage. During discussions, the Senate debated proposed amendments, one of the most notable […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of August 2, 2021

The Senate Weeks after President Biden and a group of bipartisan senators announced agreement on a bipartisan infrastructure framework, final bill language will soon be voted upon. For weeks, a bipartisan group of Senators have worked to finalize the legislative text and the plan’s pay-fors. Now, after bill language is polished, the legislation will move […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 26, 2021

The House As Senate leaders continue to negotiate bipartisan infrastructure, President Biden and Congressional Democrats are also constructing a social spending bill which includes items proposed by the President in his American Jobs and Families Plans that are not included in the bipartisan deal. At a proposed price tag of $3.5 trillion, the measure would […]

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Becker Welcomes Newest Client, Butterfly Network, a Digital Health Company Revolutionizing Medical Ultrasounds

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced its representation of new digital health client, the Butterfly Network. The firm will provide federal lobbying services in Washington, D.C, beginning August 1, 2021. Butterfly Network’s mission is to democratize access to medical imaging, enable high-quality care […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 19, 2021

The House The House is prepared to vote on five appropriations “minibus” packages this week, including Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, Homeland Security, Legislative Branch, and State and Foreign Operations. The remaining bills are set to be taken up next week, including Agriculture-FDA, Energy and Water, Financial Services, Interior-Environment, Labor-HHS-Education, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD. The House Oversight and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 12, 2021

The House The House is back in session following the July 4th recess. The House Appropriations Committee will mark up its Subcommittees’ budget proposals after each Subcommittee’s respective markup. Key subcommittee bills are Commerce, Justice, and Science; Energy and Water Development; Labor, HHS, and Education; and Transportation-HUD. The Energy and Water Subcommittee’s bill proposes spending […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 5, 2021

The House & Senate Both Chambers of Congress are on recess this week following the July 4th holiday. It has now been six months since the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, and fears of future attacks on both the Capitol and members of Congress remain. In response, D.C. Capitol Police is enhancing security for members […]

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Becker Signs The Diversity in Government Relations Coalition Industry Pledge

Becker is proud to announce that the firm has signed The Diversity in Government Relations Coalition Industry Pledge. The DGR Coalition aspires to foster and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion among entities that influence local, state, and federal policy through data collection, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement. This pledge is part of its greater non-partisan […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 28, 2021

The Administration We have a deal! Last week, President Biden and a bipartisan group of Senators announced that an infrastructure package had finally been agreed upon. The plan outlines $579B in new spending, with a total price tag of $1.2T over eight years, for traditional infrastructure investment. Specifically, $312B is allocated for transportation infrastructure, including […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 21, 2021

The House This week, the House will consider three Congressional Review Act resolutions to overturn Trump-era regulations. The resolutions have already passed the Senate and are supported by the White House: S.J. Res 13 will nullify an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rule which provides employers with information to resolve discrimination claims outside court; S.J. Res. […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 14, 2021

The House This week, the House will consider H.R. 256, which would repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that sanctioned U.S. military operations in Iraq. The Biden Administration supports the effort. House Committees will also hold numerous hearings: House Financial Services Committee will conduct a hearing on digital currencies; House Education […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 7, 2021

The House The House is back from its Memorial Day recess. The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will consider its INVEST in America Act this Wednesday. Committee Chairman Pete DeFazio (D-OR) has touted that the Bill largely aligns with President Biden’s original infrastructure proposal. The T&I Committee is one of five Congressional committees which […]

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Becker Spotlight: President Biden’s FY2022 Budget Request

President Biden released his $6 trillion budget proposal on May 28th, which calls for massive funding increases to address infrastructure modernization and climate change resiliency. It projects a $1.8 trillion deficit in the first year and at least a trillion-dollar deficit annually for the next decade. As a result of those deficits, the Administration projects […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 31, 2021

The House A House special election for New Mexico’s 1st District will be held this week. Former Rep. Deb Haaland vacated her seat to become President Biden’s Interior secretary. The seat will likely remain Democratic, adding one more vote to the Democrats’ slim majority in the House. The House began its Memorial Day Recess and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 24, 2021

The House Last week, the House passed a bill to create an independent, bipartisan commission charged with investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. 35 House Republicans voted to pass the bill, ignoring opposition from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Despite President Joe Biden’s call on […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 17, 2021

The House Last week, the House Republican Conference removed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership post. Rep. Cheney was replaced by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). This week, the House is expected to establish a commission on the January 6 attack on the Capitol and to vote on a supplemental spending bill for U.S. Capitol […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of 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 Named Top-Performing Lobbying Firm by Bloomberg Government for Second Year

Becker is proud to announce that the firm, once again, has been named to Bloomberg Government’s list of Top-Performing Lobbying Firms. Lobbying hit an all-time high in 2020, emphasizing the importance of the influence industry during the economic uncertainty created by the global pandemic. Out of the 2,095 registered lobbying firms that filed Lobbying Disclosure […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of 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 April 12, 2021

President Joe Biden is pushing Congress to pass his hefty infrastructure and budget proposals only three weeks after it passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. His $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan aims to achieve physical infrastructure modernization, nationwide electric vehicle adoption, and other climate-related initiatives. His $1.5 trillion budget proposal would boost investments in similar […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 8, 2021

The House The House is back in session for four days of votes this week. At the top of the agenda will be the $1.9 trillion relief bill which the Senate, after some delay, passed over the weekend. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the bill could pass as early as Tuesday afternoon; it is […]

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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 Lobbyists Welcome Newest Client, 3M; National Reach of Firm Grows

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists, and other professionals at offices throughout the East Coast, announced that it is proud to represent newest client, 3M, to provide lobbying services bicoastally at the federal level in Washington, D.C. and state level in California, beginning January 1, 2021. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, 3M […]

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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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¡Felicidades! Becker Federal Lobbyists Named HNBA White House Liaisons

Becker is proud to celebrate the appointment of Alfonso Lopez, Omar Franco, and Bert Gómez as Hispanic National Bar Association White House Liaisons. The HNBA plays an integral role in the monitoring and advancement of substantive legal issues that impact Hispanic legal professionals and the U.S. Latino population at the local, state, and federal levels. […]

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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 Spotlight: November 17, 2020

The incoming Biden Administration began to take shape today with a formal announcement of President-elect Joe Biden’s top White House advisers. Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) will be leaving a safely Democratic House seat to serve as a senior adviser to the President and Director of Public Engagement for the new administration. Jen O’Malley Dillion, who […]

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Post-2020 Election: Biden Transition and First Term

After a long week, most major media outlets are now reporting that Joe Biden has secured the votes needed to win the state of Pennsylvania, thus putting him over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the election. Although Joe Biden is now widely accepted as the President-Elect as states continue the process of […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: The State of the House of Representatives Moving Forward

  The State of the House of Representatives Moving Forward Nearly a week after Election Day, Democrats across the country were celebrating as the major television networks declared Joe Biden the next President of the United States. That celebration, however, may be short-lived, as both parties prepare for two Senate elections in Georgia on January […]

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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 Helps Secure the #1 Domestic Port Development Award For the Virginia Port Authority

Becker’s Government Relations team helped secured $20M+ in government funding for the Central Rail Yard (CRY) expansion project at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). The Port Infrastructure Development Grant will build on the investments already made across its two largest terminals, the NIT and Virginia International Gateway (VIG), to expand on-terminal rail capacity at NIT. The […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Top 2020 House Races to Watch

  Top 2020 House Races to Watch After two years of unified Republican control of the White House and both chambers of Congress following the 2016 election, Democrats reclaimed a significant majority of the 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans held an impressive 59-seat majority after the […]

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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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Updated Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State and Local Governments

On Monday, September 21, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released updated guidance in the form of an FAQ document (click here to view) regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reporting requirements for state and local governments receiving CRF funds. Certain changes made (see questions 63, 70-72) appear to directly address bipartisan concerns […]

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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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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 20, 2020

The House The House is back in session today following a two-week absence. While the House is currently only scheduled to be in session for the next two weeks, Members are being advised that the start of August recess may be delayed by a week as the House has a number of important measures to […]

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Becker Recognized as Top-Performing Lobbying Firm by Bloomberg Government

Washington, D.C. – April 6, 2020 – Becker is thrilled to announce its recognition on Bloomberg Government’s list of 2019 Top-Performing Lobbying Firms. With lobbying revenue reaching levels not seen in a decade and growth only expected to accelerate, the annual analysis highlights the power players to know in Washington, D.C.’s influence industry. Out of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 16, 2020

The House The House is in recess this week. Before adjourning for recess late Friday night, the House took legislative action to combat the spread and negative impact of the Coronavirus with the passage of HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Below are some of the bill’s key provisions: $250 million for HHS […]

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The Becker Insider | March 2020

The Becker Insider provides recent news and unique perspectives into the Florida policy issues that matter most to you. At Becker, we believe that our strengths truly lie in our differences. Our local, state, and federal lobbying teams have deep and longstanding relationships across the political spectrum, allowing us to better champion the interests of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 9, 2020

The House The House returned to session on Monday. This week, the House is expected to vote on repealing President Trump’s travel ban in a way that limits Republican attempts to use a procedural tactic to significantly alter or delay legislation on the House floor. This could signal the beginning of the end for the […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of March 2, 2020

The House The House returns to session Monday evening. Following confirmed reports of the first U.S. death related to the coronavirus, the House is expected to vote this week on an emergency funding measure to provide $7 billion in funds to combat the disease. In addition to those focusing on the coronavirus, the House is […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 25, 2020

The House The House is officially back in session this evening. However, all recorded votes will be delayed until Wednesday at the earliest as many members are in South Carolina this evening for the Democratic debate. Once the majority of House members are back in Washington, there are a number of critical committee hearings this […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 10, 2020

The House The House is back in session this evening. Following the release of House Democrats’ infrastructure plan last week, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) is expressing cautious optimism of reaching a principle agreement on the proposal with the Trump Administration following a conversation with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin last week. Chairman […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 4, 2020

The House The House returned to session Tuesday evening. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) is expected to hold a news conference rolling out a legislative agenda aimed at supporting military families. Democratic Leaders in both the House and Senate will hold a news conference with healthcare patients ahead of the State of the Union address to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 28, 2020

The House The House returned to session Monday evening. House Democrats are expected to release their infrastructure plans, which will likely include stated priorities of the Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees, this week. There are also a number of important hearings in the House this week, including: Ways and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 13, 2020

The House The House returns on Monday evening this week and is expected to take up legislation appointing House managers and transmitting articles of impeachment to the Senate. The vote is expected on either Tuesday or Wednesday this week. The House is also expected to hold a number of important hearings this week, including: The […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of January 6, 2020

The House The House formally returns to session on Tuesday evening this week. With tensions in the Middle East rising following the Trump Administration’s decision to authorize drone strikes in Iraq that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the House is expected to introduce and take up a measure limiting the President’s power to authorize potential […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of December 16, 2019

The House The House formally returns on Tuesday with a full plate ahead of what is expected to be the final legislative work week of 2019. On the impeachment front, the House Rules Committee is expected to meet on Tuesday to set the guidelines for floor debate on Articles of Impeachment. A final floor vote […]

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Omar Franco and Bert Gómez Named to The Hill’s List of 2019 Top Lobbyists

We are pleased to announce Omar Franco and Bert Gómez’s inclusion in The Hill’s list of 2019 Top Lobbyists as “Hired Guns.” Those recognized are at the top of their game in the influence industry, representing and delivering results for some of the nation’s largest companies and associations. Omar Franco serves as Managing Director and […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of November 18, 2019

The House The House returns Monday evening when they are expected to consider a number of bills under suspension of the rules including a reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and legislation which would require publicly traded companies to disclose the race, ethnicity, and gender of board members and executives. Additionally, this is a […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 21, 2019

The House The House returns to session Monday evening with a full agenda for a shortened week. Votes on Thursday have been cancelled following the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings. Cummings will lie in state in the Capitol on Thursday. Following a ceremony for family and Members of Congress, the public will be permitted to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of October 14, 2019

The House The House returns from a two-week break today with a number of bills under consideration for this week. Amid the ongoing trade dispute with China and the recent controversy that has directed public scrutiny towards the National Basketball Association’s relationship with the Chinese government, the House will take up a package of China-related […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 23, 2019

The House The House is back in session on Tuesday this week. While the House accomplished a great deal of its most pressing work last week in passing a Continuing Resolution aimed at avoiding another government shutdown at the end of the month and giving Congress breathing room as it works to pass spending bills […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 16, 2019

The House The House is back in session this week beginning on Tuesday as Congress continues work to avoid another government shutdown. The House is expected to begin work on a stopgap funding bill that would extend current government funding past the October 1st deadline in order to give lawmakers more time to work through […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Fall Appropriations Outlook

  Fall Appropriations Outlook With the 2020 Fiscal Year beginning October 1st, Congress has less than three weeks to pass legislation to avoid another government shutdown. While Congressional Leadership from both parties have struck an optimistic chord on avoiding a shutdown, it is almost certain that a Continuing Resolution will be required in order to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of September 9, 2019

The House The House returns this week from its six-week summer recess with a busy agenda. Monday evening, the House is expected to vote on a series of energy bills, including some that would block oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and the eastern Gulf of […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 22, 2019

The House The House is back in session for their final week of work before August recess. There are tentative plans to vote on a number of measures under suspension of the rules including legislation addressing underfunded pensions, the Trump Administration’s ability to limit asylum claims, ending unwanted robocalls, and the veterans’ health initiative. There […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 16, 2019

The House The House is back in session as of Monday evening with much to accomplish before the August recess. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said discussions on a debt ceiling agreement with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will continue this week. Some notable bills are under consideration this week including a resolution recommending that Attorney General […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of July 9, 2019

The House The House returns from the July 4th holiday recess Tuesday evening. Among the bills expected to be considered by the House this week is HR 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2020, a major funding hurdle Congress must clear. There are also a number of notable hearings taking place in the House […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 24, 2019

The House The House will continue consideration of H.R. 3055, a five-bill package encompassing appropriations spending for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Interior, Veteran’s Affairs, Transportation and HUD, among others, for FY-20. The House is also considering H.R. 3351, the FY-20 Financial Services spending bill and H.R. 2722 which discusses elections security. House Democrats […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 17, 2019

The House The House will continue working on H.R. 2740 encompassing the appropriations bills for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State and Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development.   The House is also planning to take up a separate minibus package H.R. 3055 covering the Interior Department, EPA, and other environmental agencies.  This […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 10, 2019

  The House The House returns this week with a focus on oversight and appropriations. On Monday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes” featuring John Dean, former White House Counsel to Richard Nixon, and other prosecutors. The House is also expected […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of June 3, 2019

  The House The House returns for a short week starting Monday and ending Wednesday as lawmakers begin their push to pass important legislation before the August recess. The first order of business in the House will be passing HR 2157, the long awaited disaster aid bill that will provide $19.2 billion in funding for […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Consumers First Act

  Consumers First Act On Wednesday, the House passed HR 1500, the Consumers First Act, by a 231-191 vote strictly along party lines. The bill is House Democrats most significant effort to date aimed at reversing or mitigating the impact of the substantial changes made by the Trump Administration to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of May 20, 2019

  The House House Democrats’ oversight efforts continue this week with a number of significant actions expected in addition to votes on other notable legislation. The House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote this week on the public release of transcripts from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen as well as possible “enforcement action” against Attorney […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: U.S.- China Trade Dispute

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week in the spotlight: dispute over U.S.-China Trade continues, Chinese trade practices are under scrutiny, and the consequences of tariffs could be widespread. Learn what the impact of these issues means for the U.S.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Review of the 116th Congress and a Look Ahead

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. Since the start of 2019, the divided 116th Congress has been able to secure passage and enactment of several bipartisan bills. Learn what bills have passed and stay up to date on priorities still on the horizon.

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“Opposition to PACs puts 2020 Democrats in a bind” – The Hill

By Alex Gangitano Democratic presidential candidates refusing to take PAC money may be forced to pinch pennies to survive in a crowded primary race where top-tier contenders like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) have the ability to raise tens of millions in small donations. The pressure to swear off all PAC money […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: President Trump’s Fiscal 2020 Budget Proposal

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition focuses on the release of President Trump’s Fiscal 2020 Budget Proposal, which requests $4.7 trillion while proposing large domestic discretionary spending cuts.

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“Brand Lobbying, A More Effective Way to Lobby” – Florida Politics

Corporate lobbying doesn’t work. That is the bombshell finding from a recent study, “The Economics of Corporate Lobbying,” from the Journal of Corporate Finance. Obviously, we disagree, but not as stridently as you’d think. The study reviewed the lobbying efforts of 1500 S&P 500 companies and suggests that money spent on lobbying neither impacts the […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Infrastructure Package Outlook

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition discusses the new efforts in the House and Senate that could outline the pathway to reaching a bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure package.

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“Lean job market for Dems on K Street,” The Hill

Democratic congressional staffers aren’t flocking to K Street in the numbers expected after the midterms. Lobbying shops, law firms and government relations practices are recruiting former chiefs of staff and senior aides to Democratic lawmakers, but for most staffers the market has not lived up to expectations. Senior Government Relations Director Bert Gómez discusses this […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Diversity and Bipartisanship Matter

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week, we discuss the record number of minority members recently elected to Congress and State Capitols around the county. At Becker, we are also committed to a diverse and bipartisan team, realizing that our strengths truly lie in our […]

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Omar Franco and Bert Gomez Discuss Growing Diversity on K Street in “The Hill”

The newly minted 116th Congress boasts growing diversity amongst its ranks. Government relations groups have begun following suit with an uptick in their own numbers of minority members on Capitol Hill. Members of Becker’s longstanding diverse Federal Lobbying Team, Omar Franco and Bert Gomez –Latinos themselves, believe this emerging trend on K Street will continue […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: Criminal Justice Reform Update

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition highlights the Senate’s passing of the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform package that will change criminal sentencing guidelines and increase job training opportunities for prisoners. Click here to read.      

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Becker’s Spotlight: Farm Bill Passes Congress

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week, the Farm Bill passed in the House and Senate and President Donald Trump is expected to sign the $867 billion measure, which will reauthorize agriculture and nutrition programs for five more years.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Midterm Election Results

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week, the midterm elections produced divided control of Congress with Republicans maintaining their advantage in the Senate and Democrats taking control of the House.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Lame Duck Session Outlook

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition discusses the lame duck session that will begin soon after the election. Congress must consider a spending bill and could also take up the Farm Bill, a tax package, or other outstanding legislative items.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Midterm Elections Approach

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition discusses the midterm elections which are rapidly approaching. Control of the House and Senate will be decided and will determine the agenda in Washington.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Continuing Resolution Update

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition discusses legislation that will avert a government shutdown and which President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law.

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Federal Lobbying Team Retained by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Politico on Friday reported that Becker has been hired by the Motion Picture Association of America to lobby on its behalf in Washington, D.C. We will lobby MPAA on federal issues relating to the MPAA’s mission to protect and support the film industry, including copyright policy, streaming piracy devices and applications and the economic impact […]

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Becker’s Spotlight: NAFTA Update

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week, the United States and Mexico reached consensus on a bilateral trade agreement as part of NAFTA renegotiation talks, however the question of whether Mexico will be exempt from recent steel and aluminum tariffs has still not been resolved.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Senate Opioid Bill

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition discusses the HEAL Act of 2018, which the Senate could consider and if passed, would make substantive changes to Medicare and Medicaid policies in order to combat the opioid crisis.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Clean Water Act Permitting

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition highlights the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ memo outlining an interpretation of the federal government’s role in the Clean Water Act’s permitting process.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Flood Insurance

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week, President Donald Trump signed legislation temporarily extending the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until the end of hurricane season. While the NFIP has been extended until November 30th, Congress is still working toward a long-term extension and reforms.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Supreme Court Nomination Process

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week, President Donald Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Becker’s Spotlight: Transportation & Housing Appropriations

Becker’s Spotlight offers a weekly in-depth analysis of an issue driving the discussion in Washington. This week’s edition discusses the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which Congress is expected to consider in the next round of appropriation votes. The legislation will provide record levels of funding to the DOT and […]

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