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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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