Leadership on Congressional Committees 115th Congress

US Capitol

US Capitol

We have reviewed the potential impacts of the 2016 elections on pertinent congressional committees that are important to our clients’ issues.  Here’s what we’ve found:

U.S. House

UPDATE 12/01/2016

Today the House Republican Steering Committee met and recommended the Members below for committee chairs in the 115th Congress:

Agriculture: Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Appropriations: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)
Armed Services: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)…

Lame Duck Session Begins With Lots of Unfinished Business

When Congress returns on November 14 they are Capitol in fall iStock_000000663877XSmallscheduled for 16 legislative days in the lame duck session with a planned adjournment on December 16.  There remain multiple, big-ticket issues to resolve upon their return and with each passing day, it becomes more uncertain if they will have enough time to pass all the measures.  Some of the measures include:

Annual Appropriations:  Prior to adjourning for the general elections on September 28, Congress adopted a continuing resolution that funds federal government agencies until December 9. To date, Congress has only adopted one of the 12 annual spending bills. Lawmakers had planned to address these spending bills after the election in small packages containing three or four of the bills, known as “minibuses.” It was assumed minibuses would be more affable to lawmakers as opposed to one omnibus spending bill containing all 11 of the remaining appropriations bills.…