Congress is still at odds over border security funding and leaders are now weighing fallback plans should no agreement be reached when government funding runs out on Dec. 7. Congressional leaders are increasingly frustrated that a partial government shutdown is potentially two weeks away, particularly because both parties have already largely agreed to spending levels… Read more »

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) last Friday confirmed his interest in serving as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee when the 116th Congress is seated in January. Grassley currently chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee but wants to return to the tax-writing committee he chaired briefly in 2001 and then from 2003 to 2007. Under Senate Republican… Read more »

The District is moving ahead with plans to implement one of the nation’s most generous paid family and medical leave programs. Earlier this year, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson indicated he was willing to make changes to the funding of the paid leave program, but last month Mendelson told the Washington Post he would not revisit… Read more »

Congressional Republicans held leadership elections this week, with both chambers choosing to stay the course for the most part. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will keep his post next year, while Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) won the job of incoming minority leader in the House. GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) retained his leadership post… Read more »

The early returns on association health plans (AHPs) – expanded by the Trump administration earlier this year to give small businesses and self-employed workers more options for coverage – are encouraging, according to recent reports. Most of the early AHPs that have formed or expanded since the Department of Labor’s June rule cover pre-existing conditions… Read more »

Before House Republicans slip into the minority next year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is preparing legislation to fix the “retail glitch” and other errors in last year’s tax law, along with a tax extenders package. “We are prepared and ready if there is an appetite to move some of these… Read more »

Congress has returned to work this week needing to agree on seven fiscal 2019 spending bills to prevent a partial shutdown from beginning on Dec. 7. After last week’s midterm elections, the political dynamic has changed with Democrats gaining at least 32 seats to retake the House, with several races still undecided. Reaching common ground… Read more »

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s temporary order preventing the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump last year ordered an end to DACA, the Obama-era program that protects more than 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Earlier today, the 9th Circuit Court of… Read more »

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which are designed to restrict Internet service providers’ ability to block or create paid “fast lanes” for web content. The appeal from various Internet service providers and the Trump administration had asked… Read more »

The DC Council is considering legislation that would prohibit fully-insured “large group” association health plans (AHPs) from operating in the nation’s capital. The bill, titled the “Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act of 2018,” is largely in response to new rules from the Department of Labor that expand association health plans and short-term health plans as… Read more »