Category: Federal

  • Tom Marino (R) to resign from U.S. House next week, special election to be called in PA-12

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    Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who has served in the U.S. House since 2011, announced Thursday that he will resign from Congress on January 23, 2019, to pursue a job in the private sector.   Marino served as the state co-chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 and was briefly a nominee to head the…

  • Federal judge blocks Trump contraception rules

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    On January 13, 2019, Federal Judge Haywood Gilliam blocked Trump administration contraception rules from going into effect in Washington, D.C., and thirteen states. The plaintiff states are challenging two final rules announced by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor in November 2018. According to the agencies, those rules provide flexibility to…

  • Federal judge challenges citizenship question on census, citing Administrative Procedure Act

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    Judge Jesse Furman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, a President Obama nominee, issued a ruling on January 15, 2019, holding that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by not properly following APA procedure when including a question regarding citizenship status in the 2020…

  • Three high-profile Democrats announced their 2020 presidential intentions last week

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    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said Friday that she planned to run for president in 2020. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro (D), who formed an exploratory committee in December, also made a formal announcement of his candidacy on Saturday.    Earlier in the week, Democratic activist and founder of NextGen Climate…

  • Trump’s pick for EPA administrator to appear before Senate committee

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    Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, will appear before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on January 16, 2019. After the committee votes on Wheeler’s nomination, the full Senate will have to vote to confirm him. He needs a simple majority for confirmation.   Wheeler currently serves…

  • Flashback to three years ago today – presidential primary debates

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    On this night three years ago, the Republican Party held its sixth debate of the presidential primary cycle. Taking place in North Charleston, South Carolina, seven candidates participated in the primetime debate, while three candidates were involved in the undercard.   The primetime debate was hosted by the Fox Business Network and moderated by Neil…

  • Federal Register weekly update; government shutdown results in low page count

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    The Federal Register is a daily journal of federal government activity that includes presidential documents, proposed and final rules, and public notices. It is a common measure of an administration’s regulatory activity.   During the week of January 7 to January 11, the Federal Register grew by 72 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 106…

  • Donald Trump nominates acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to permanent position

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    On January 9, President Donald Trump nominated acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to lead the agency. Wheeler took over as EPA administrator on an interim basis when Scott Pruitt resigned on July 5, 2018. The Environment and Public Works Committee of the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on Wheeler’s nomination on…

  • Democrats now hold 31 districts that Trump won in 2016

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    The new U.S. Congress is facing divided government, a shutdown, and new leadership priorities under a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. As we move farther from the 2018 elections and closer to 2020, representatives from districts won by the opposite party’s presidential candidate in 2016 will be some of the most fascinating to…

  • Trump makes case for border barrier in televised address; Democratic leadership rejects request

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    In the televised address from the Oval Office on January 8, 2019, President Donald Trump said that there is a humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border, and he called on members of Congress to allocate $5.7 billion to build a wall or steel barrier to protect the nation. He said, “At the request…