Dear Colleagues: Astrologers tell us the planets are going wild. It sure seemed like it this week! 1. Tension Mounts on Capitol Hill The aftermath of the insurrection in the Capitol on January 6 continues to increase tension in Congress. The Department of Homeland Security [...]
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Dear Colleagues: Welcome to the new world of Biden/Harris. The reset button has been hit and we are launched! 1. The Biden Harris Era Begins Just two weeks after a riotous mob vandalized the Capitol, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took the [...]
Dear Colleagues: I regret to report that the nation’s capital now looks like an armed fortress with over 20,000 National Guard members posted and more on the way. Shops downtown are boarded up in anticipation of violence as the Inauguration approaches, and the entire National [...]
Dear Colleagues, This is certainly not the beginning to 2021 that any of us expected. The events of this week were disturbing on so many levels – a gross violation of our democracy, a bold nod to white supremacy, a total failure of Capitol police, [...]
Dear Colleagues: I hate to leave you hanging with unfinished business, but this will be my final Washington Update for 2020. I’m taking a break for the next two weeks and I hope you are too! By the time we get together again in January, [...]
Dear Colleagues – Welcome to Washington’s “end of the semester” sprint. Will that FY 2021 spending bill cross the finish line by the end of the year or be pushed into next year for the new Congress to grapple with? Will the President refuse to [...]
Dear Colleagues: The Senate left town for Thanksgiving yesterday and the House will do so today. Returning on November 30, they will continue to face a December 11 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, an out-of-control pandemic demanding fiscal relief -- which does not appear [...]
Dear Colleagues: Welcome to the world of President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris – as well as a recalcitrant President Trump who seems to be hiding, pouting and filing lawsuits simultaneously. And welcome to the lame-duck session of the 116th Congress (hate that expression, but that’s [...]
Dear Colleagues: I had not planned to provide a Washington Update today as the week in Congress was pretty sleepy and all eyes were focused on the campaigns. But yikes. When I heard the news about President Trump and FLOTUS having COVID-19, I was persuaded [...]
Dear Colleagues: The shifting tides in Washington seem to be more monumental than ever these days – and just 38 days out from the election! I can’t imagine what surprises October has in store for us. 1. Passing of RBG Alters Landscape Moving Forward in [...]