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    The federal budget

    The House continues work on the first two appropriations bills of the FY-2016 budget, while the Senate and House named budget conferees last week to negotiate a concurrent budget resolution, with a goal to finish conferencing work within the next two weeks. On Wednesday, subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee…
    Sarah Curry, April 22, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington….

    This week, the House will consider four bills under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 471, which would modify federal procedures when registration of a controlled substance is denied, revoked or suspended, and H.R. 1195, which establishes three Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards relating to small businesses, credit unions and…
    Sarah Curry, April 22, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington….?

    The House and Senate are back in session this week. Today the Senate will consider its first judicial nomination since Republicans took over the majority in January. Later this week the Senate is expected to consider H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act, which passed the House…
    Sarah Curry, April 14, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington….?

    Congress is in recess this week.  They are scheduled to return the week of April 13th.  Here are some of the major actions that took place last week… The House approved the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) by a strong bipartisan vote of 392-37. The measure…
    Sarah Curry, April 1, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington…?

    The U.S. House returns from recess today and is expected to take up several bills under suspension of the rules, including a measure to require hospitals to notify Medicare patients of how their classification affects their cost sharing under Medicare and other Medicare benefits (HR 876), as well as…
    Sarah Curry, March 18, 2015
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    Data Security – bad news for retailers?

    An article from The Hill yesterday explains why retailers say data security rules would be a poor fit. The National Retail Federation is asking Congress to throw out any legislation that would force retailers to follow data security rules created for the banking industry. Lawmakers have proposed expanding the…
    Sarah Curry, March 17, 2015
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    What’s going on with Homeland Security funding?

    Congress has until the end of this week to take action to prevent a funding lapse and partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which would affect the processing of state and local grants. The Department is currently funded by a short-term continuing resolution (CR) set to expire…
    Sarah Curry, February 24, 2015
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    What’s going on in Washington…?

    Yesterday, the Senate voted on a motion on the House-passed bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through fiscal 2015 (HR 240). The Senate needs to begin considering backup plans in order to prevent a funding shutdown for the government agency at the end of this…
    Sarah Curry, February 24, 2015