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Things Are Happening Fast in Washington, Says NCPA Legislative Director

NCPA Legislative Director Brian Williams reports from D.C. Breaking news– Today, the Trump Administration announced that the economy created 227,000 jobs last month. Obama-era economists were only expecting 175,000 jobs.  The workforce participation rate is up 0.2% as well, which is another sign that folks are starting to go back to work. Breaking news– Today, […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

  Last week concluded the Second Session of the 114th Congress. The First Session of the 115th Congress kicks off on January 3, 2017.  They intend to get to work right away on a budget resolution to repeal Obamacare, cancel as many harmful Obama-era regulations as possible, and begin the confirmation process for the Trump Administration […]

What Happened in Washington Last Week?

Congress was in the throes of the lame duck session last week and will be this week: The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act this week that increases federal research funding for the National Institutes of Health. Congress added provisions to the bill that combat opioid and other prescription drug addictions, as […]

A Recap of Last Week in Washington, from NCPA’s Legislative Director

Last Friday we saluted our nation’s military veterans, the great men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to establish a free nation. No other group of people has done more to maintain that pledge than America’s […]

What Will A Lame Duck Congress Address Post-Election? And Other D.C. Updates…

Next week’s election will determine whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Meanwhile, here’s what’s going on in Washington this week: In the final jobs report before the election, the Department of Labor reported an additional 161,000 jobs added to the economy. NCPA Senior Fellow Pam Villarreal explains why such […]

What’s Up in Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess. All eyes are on the election in less than two weeks — and the next several days are certain to be active (especially if you live in a battleground state)!  The Democratic candidate has $172 million to spend, while the GOP candidate only has $73 million, so look for a […]

What’s Up In Washington This Week?

Congress is still in recess, which leaves Capitol Hill looking like a ghost town. That doesn’t mean individual members of Congress aren’t working overtime to get re-elected.  Congressional Republicans are trying to fend off efforts by Democrats to win a majority of seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives (although Republicans are […]

What’s Going On in Washington This Week?

Congress remains in recess this week as Senators and Representatives are back home campaigning. Sunday’s presidential debate set the stage for a week of bizarre political theater that left my head spinning. I’ve lost track of who’s un-endorsing whom, and the other Republican infighting.  Meanwhile on the Democratic side of the presidential campaign, who is […]

“The Planet Began to Heal”…and Other Updates from D.C.

Here’s a summary of the quiet week in Washington from NCPA’s legislative director Brian Williams: President Obama reduced the sentences of 102 inmates, mostly drug dealers, bringing the total number of presidential clemencies up to 774 during the Obama presidency. President Obama praised the Paris climate deal this week, which takes effect in November in […]

Washington Update for the Week Ending September 30, 2016

Government funding. This week began with a Democratic filibuster in the Senate against a temporary funding bill to keep the federal government open beyond the end of the fiscal year on September 30. However, by mid-week an agreement was negotiated that not only funds the government until December 9, but also includes $500 million for […]