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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 to […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: 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 the […]

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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: 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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