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Lame Duck Preview Presentation

When federal lawmakers return to Washington, DC today, they will begin the Lame Duck session with an eye toward an incoming Administration led by a man that polling and conventional wisdom suggested would not be elected President. Republican Donald Trump’s shock victory against Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton altered a Washington landscape that was prepared for a Clinton Administration. Moreover, House Republicans prevented significant losses to their numbers in the lower chamber, while in the Senate, Republicans defied the odds and a near-impossible map to retain their majority.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting Post-Election Presentation

Republic Consulting analyzes the historic election of Donald Trump and the GOP's retention of Both Chambers.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting Congress Committee Scenarios

Republic Consulting takes a look at both the House (Click here to Read/Download the PDF) and Senate (Click here to Read/Download the PDF.)

 


Republic Consulting Presidential Election Presentation

Republic Consulting analyzes the upcoming election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting Congressional Election Presentation

Republic Consulting analyzes the upcoming congressional election landscape.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting September 2016 Washington Update

Much of Congress’ time in September was spent on negotiating an agreement to fund the government past the end of the month, which lamakers accomplished shortly before adjourning until after the election. Zika and flood disaster relief were included in the funding package, while legislators got a significant step closer to providing aid for Flint, Michigan and other municipalities dealing with contaminated water supplies.


Also in September, the President’s Clean Power Plan went to court while a House panel approved a replacement to the Dodd-Frank Act. Renewing an FDA priority review voucher program was a key healthcare-related priority this month, and Freedom Caucus members continued their push to impeach the IRS Commissioner.


Lawmakers will return to Washington on the week of November 14 to deal with the Lame Duck session post-election. Top agenda items will include must-pass government funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 and a several other legislative priorities, including 21st Century Cures, the Water Resources Development Act, and the National Defense Authorization Act. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting Fall Forecast 2016 Washington Update

Lawmakers will return from the summer recess with only a few weeks to advance legislation before adjourning until after the November election. The list of things that Congress may get done in September is short, and the list of things that must get done is even shorter.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting June-July 2016 Washington Update

Before leaving for the political conventions and summer recess, legislators made a six week sprint to address many outstanding items. The Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations process continued to trudge along, but all signs point toward the need for a continuing resolution after Labor Day to fund the government past September 30, when the current fiscal year ends. Congress approved an extension of FAA programs along with some modest reform measures but failed to secure additional funds for the burgeoning Zika crisis. Lawmakers advanced a bill to aid in the battle against opioid addiction and set the stage for a conference committee on energy legislation.


All of this was set to the backdrop of the presidential campaign between presumptive nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, a contest that is set to intensify following the July political conventions. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting May 2016 Washington Update

Legislators are returning from the Memorial Day recess following a productive month. Both chambers continued work on spending measures for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) and moved forward on reauthorizing defense programs. The House and Senate each passed emergency funding measures, albeit at different spending levels, to combat the spread of the Zika virus. The tax-writing committees were busy in May, further investigating the validity of tax reform proposals. Republicans continued to push back on the Administration’s fiduciary duty rule, and other members called on the FCC to delay rules regarding television set-top boxes.


All of this was set to the back drop of an intensifying presidential campaign that increasingly looks to be a battle between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting April 2016 Washington Update

Legislators returned from the April recess and immediately began work on several pressing issues. Despite the lack of a budget resolution, appropriators began work on spending measures for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) at the committee level. Lawmakers attempted to address several health crises, including the growing opioid abuse epidemic and the spread of the Zika virus. In April, both chambers continued the discussion on tax reform, and the Senate advanced a bipartisan bill reauthorizing federal aviation programs. The Administration released its final fiduciary duty rule, while Congress began its annual debate over the defense reauthorization bill.. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting March 2016 Washington Update

Legislators left for the Easter recess with much awaiting them upon their return in April. The Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget process was delayed in March to allow Republican leaders time to address concerns from the rank-and-file over a budget resolution that adheres to the previously agreed upon spending levels. Though Congress failed to pass a long-term FAA reauthorization, lawmakers acted to extend the current authorization through mid-July. In foreign affairs, President Obama made a historic visit to Cuba, and Europe was rocked by yet another terrorist attack. The FBI dropped its lawsuit against Apple while a Senate panel reviewed nominations for the nation’s top Wall Street watchdog. Amidst all of this, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting February 2016 Washington Update

Legislators addressed a host of issues in February. Congressional leaders continued to formulate their strategy to advance a budget and Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations bills, while President Obama submitted his final budget request of his presidency. In the House, reauthorization of federal aviation programs stalled over proposed privatization of air traffic control while both chambers sought a path forward on the Puerto Rican debt crisis. Lawmakers passed a customs bill conference report containing a permanent moratorium on taxation of Internet access. In healthcare, the Obama Administration released Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment numbers, and the Senate approved a new head of the FDA. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


 

Republic Consulting January 2016 Washington Update

2016 started slowly and was highlighted by President Obama delivering his last State of the Union address. GOP congressional leaders began the year with a bicameral retreat and promised to promote big ideas in five key issue areas to contrast their agenda with that of the Democrats. GOP leaders reiterated a strong commitment to regular order with an emphasis on moving each appropriations bill individually.

Looking ahead, the Senate is expected to use February as a window of time to pursue bipartisan legislation, which could include the energy infrastructure bill (currently on the Senate floor), an Iran sanctions bill, the Sportmen’s Act, and the Customs Conference Report. The House is expected to make an attempt to overturn the Presidential veto of the ACA repeal legislation and to focus on bills ranging from the Iran sanctions bill to a bill to block the Department of Labor’s efforts to crack down on the fiduciary rule for investment advisers. The House is also taking the lead on legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, which expires on March 31. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

 


Republic Consulting December 2015 Washington Update

Lawmakers wrapped up 2015 with a flurry of legislative accomplishments.Legislators successfully passed a measure to fund the federal government through the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). Paired with the spending bill, Congress approved legislation renewing a host of expired tax extenders, and made a handful of those provisions permanent. Lawmakers also passed a multi-year Highway Bill that reauthorizes surface transportation programs for five years. December saw Congress delayseveral taxes related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reform cybersecurity laws, and pass resolutions condemning the Administration’s new carbon rules..- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting November 2015 Washington Update

In spite of an abbreviated November schedule, legislators pushed forward on myriad of legislative issues. Appropriations subcommittees began negotiations to produce an omnibus spending package to fund the federal government through the end of Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). A conference committee continued its work to reconcile the differences between both chambers’ Highway bills. House Republicans chose a new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and continued work on tax extenders. Senate Republicans worked behind the scenes to craft a budget reconciliation package to undo major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while the Administration prepped for a global summit on climate change in Paris and responded to terrorist attacks that occurred in the same city in November.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting October 2015 Washington Update

Lawmakers had a busy and productive month in October. In addition to electing a new Speaker of the House, legislators passed a two-year budget deal, debt ceiling increase, and temporary extension of the Highway Bill. The Senate also passed a bipartisan cybersecurity bill. Discussions continued over long-term transportation reauthorization legislation, and the House passed a long-awaited reconciliation package repealing key portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final two months of the year are expected to yield deals on the highway bill and an omnibus appropriations package to fund the federal government.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting September 2015 Washington Update

Congress returned from its August Recess with a list of deadlines fast approaching, including the funding for the federal government. Congress managed to avert a government shutdown at the last minute through a temporary funding measure, and began negotiations with the White House over spending caps, debt ceiling, and a possible year-end appropriations agreement. Republicans were unable to block President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, but were able to agree to finalize the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act, which will be voted on in the Senate in the coming days.

 

Washington experienced historic highs and lows in September with Pope Francis delivering the first papal address to a Joint Meeting of Congress, just a day before the shock resignation announcement from Speaker John Boehner.- Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting Fall Preview 2015

Congress returns from the August recess this week with a packed agenda for the remainder of 2015. The House and Senate will kick off the fall legislative session by taking up a resolution disapproving of the President’s nuclear agreement with Iran. The other immediate concern will be securing funding to keep the federal government running into Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). In addition to the funding deadline, legislators will also contend with several expiring programs that also will require extensions (short-term or otherwise) to continue after September 30. Congress will have only about a dozen legislative days to deal with these outstanding items, and this timeline is expected to be partially disrupted by Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress on September 24. This report examines the upcoming legislative battles that will dominate the congressional calendar during the fall months.. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting July 2015 Washington Update

Congress had a busy July before heading home for the August summer recess. The legislative agenda was dominated by debate over the expiring Highway Bill, with lawmakers temporarily extending the highway program until the end of October. Government funding for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) was thrown into doubt as the appropriations process stalled due to multiple controversies. Discussions over tax and health issues advanced while the President’s plan to curb carbon emissions was met with fierce GOP resistance. Defense and foreign policy issues came to the fore in July, and legislators continued to look for a path forward on a host of other issues, including cybersecurity, patent reform, and the expired Export-Import Bank. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting June 2015 Washington Update

June was a busy month for Congress as lawmakers pushed forward with a robust legislative agenda. Despite setbacks, legislators passed Trade Promotion Authority, giving the United States needed leverage in ongoing trade negotiations. Work also progressed on the appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). The Supreme Court handed down a major decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies, giving the White House another victory and preserving one of the President’s signature legislative achievements. Discussions on tax and patent reform continued, while events abroad demanded attention from the Administration. As lawmakers return to DC this week, they will have only a month to resolve outstanding issues before leaving town for their August recess. Chief among these will be passing legislation to extend the federal Highway program beyond July 31. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting May 2015 Washington Update

Congress adjourned for its Memorial Day recess after a month of intense legislative activity. The Senate advanced fast-track trade legislation backed by the Administration and a short-term extension of surface transportation programs. Legislators finalized the joint budget resolution and continued work on appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). The month ended in a stalemate over renewing the PATRIOT Act, with the Senate adjourning before coming to an agreement on how to reauthorize the expiring programs. When lawmakers return, negotiating a compromise on the PATRIOT Act extension and proposed reforms will be the top priority.
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Republic Consulting April 2015 Washington Update

April saw a spate of legislative progress in Washington. Against long odds, lawmakers were able to pass a long-awaited permanent fix to Medicare’s physician payment formula. Negotiators moved closer to advancing a unified budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), while the House kick-started the appropriations process by passing two FY16 spending bills. Legislators also moved fast-track trade legislation out of key committees and began debate on the recent nuclear deal with Iran and seeking to ensure a role for Congress. Finally, as several legislative deadlines approach, lawmakers continued discussions on how to move forward on several expiring programs, including the Highway Bill, the PATRIOT Act, and the Export-Import Bank. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting March 2015 Washington Update

March was a busy month in Washington with a host of items crowding the congressional agenda. The primary issue this month was debate over the budget resolutions for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16). Lawmakers made significant progress on permanently replacing Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The Supreme Court played a role in the month’s developments with the Justices hearing high-profile cases on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and power plant regulations. March also saw movement on a range of other issues from the release of new rules governing fracking to the continued discussions surrounding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) release of sweeping and controversial new Internet regulations. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting February 2015 Washington Update

Congress pushed forward on several issues in February. Lawmakers clashed over how tomove forward on expiring appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amid President Obama’s recent actions on immigration. Members debated options on several other soon-to-be expiring programs, including the Highway Bill and the most recent “doc fix” for Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate payments. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) experienced spates of good and bad news while the
Administration fended off Republican attacks over new net neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting January 2015 Washington Update

The 114th Congress convened on January 6 with Republican majorities in both chambers. Lawmakers spent the first few weeks of the new Congress tackling a host of issues. Republicans quickly pushed for legislative approval of the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline. Legislators searched for a path forward on expiring appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while also beginning discussions on upcoming deadlines for a new Highway Bill and a permanent replacement to Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate payment formula. January also saw renewed calls for comprehensive tax reform as well as changes to how major bills are scored. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


114th Congressional Outlook

The 114th Congress convenes after a successful midterm election for Republicans. The GOP will hold the Senate majority for the first time in eight years while expanding its majority in the House to the largest number since 1929. The following report analyzes both the deadline-driven and policy-driven items that the GOP is most likely to pursue. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting December 2014 Washington Update

December brought a host of deadlines for lawmakers, including the need to pass a bill to fund the federal government beyond December 11. With tensions running high over the President’s executive action on immigration, it was a rough ride to the finish line for legislators. In the end, Congress managed to send most of the “must pass” bills to the President for his signature, including the funding bill, the defense authorization bill and a one-year retroactive extension of the tax extenders package. In addition, Senator Reid was able to advance nearly two dozen executive and judicial nominations, including Vivek Murthy’s nomination to the position of Surgeon General. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting November 2014 Washington Update

Lawmakers returned from the mid-term election recess with a host of issues to address in the Lame Duck session. At the top of the list is government funding, which is set to expire on December 11. Negotiations over funding are complicated by President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The status of “tax extenders” remains in limbo, while reauthorization of expiring defense programs is inching closer to an agreement. Observers are also closely watching healthcare issues as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins its second open enrollment. Congress has returned from the Thanksgiving recess with less than two weeks to wrap up a host of key issues prior to the target adjournment date of December 11. Discussion on all major issues will continue to be affected by the reality that Republicans will return in January with control of both the House and the Senate for the 114th Congress. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting September 2014 Washington Update

Activity slowed in Washington last month as Congress left for the August District Work
Period, though a host of issues are waiting for lawmakers upon their return on
September 8. Below is a look at the outstanding legislative items Congress is expected to
address in the coming weeks and during the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting July 2014 Washington Update

Legislators wrapped up their summer work in July before leaving town for the August
recess, but not without some last minute drama over the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and
the border supplemental bill. Ultimately, lawmakers passed a funding extension for HTF,
staving off a financial crisis. Congress also moved forward on several tax items and
continued to hold oversight hearings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting June 2014 Washington Update

Lawmakers in Washington confronted a host of issues in June. Congress continued with
some progress on appropriations bills while debating a litany of tax-related issues,
including the expired tax extenders. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remained a topic of
discussion as the Obama Administration welcomed a new healthcare chief. Washington
grappled with a number of other challenges, including the Highway Trust Fund, new
energy regulations, reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, and the emergence of a
powerful and radical force in Iraq. All of these developments were set to the backdrop
of the shocking defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his primary
election. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting May 2014 Washington Update

Congress continued work on several key issues in May. The appropriations process ramped up in both the House and Senate, while key tax legislation stalled in the Senate. Affordable Care Act issues remained at the forefront of Washington discussions, as several states struggled with operating their online insurance exchanges. Lawmakers made limited progress on transportation reauthorization legislation, but have yet to agree on a solution to the solvency crisis with the Highway Trust Fund. Patent reform also reached a dead end in May. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting April 2014 Washington Update

Legislative action slowed in the middle of April as lawmakers left town for a two week recess, but the lull in activity did not prevent several important developments beforeand after the break. The budget and appropriations process for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) moved along while both chambers looked for ways to renew the expired tax extenders.

 

The challenges surrounding transportation funding continued as Highway Trust Fundinsolvency grows closer. The positive enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act(ACA) grabbed most of April’s headlines, as a successful end to enrollment helped bolster ACA supporters. A failed cloture vote on a minimum wage increase in the Senate at the end of April promises to be a major talking point for Democrats throughout the campaign season. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting March 2014 Washington Update

Legislators were pulled in a variety of directions in March, from “patching” the Medicarereimbursement rate for physician services to trying to carve a path forward on pressing tax issues, while controversy over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remained a source of contention between Republicans and Democrats. Work also began on the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations process as appropriators try to stay on schedule this year. Discussion also began to heat up this month as Senate Democrats pushed forward on extended unemployment benefits, an increase in the minimum wage, and patent reform. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting February 2014 Washington Update

Congress dealt with several high profile issues in February. Lawmakers sustained their recent trend of bipartisanship by passing the Farm Bill and increasing the statutory debt limit, which helped to stave off a potential federal default and financial crisis. Despite that notable progress, Congress continues to find itself at an impasse on other major issues. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


Republic Consulting January 2014 Washington Update

Upon returning in January, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2014. Legislators continued to look for a path forward on the debt ceiling and tax reform, and attention continued to swirl around concerns related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congress moved closer to a reauthorization of the expired Farm Bill while also beginning the process discussion of reauthorizing key transportation programs. Finally, President Obama ended the month by staking out his agenda in his annual State of the Union address to Congress, refocusing public attention on issues that remain a priority for the White House. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting December 2013 Washington Update

Despite the partisan battles that have led to near constant gridlock in the Capitol over the past few years, lawmakers ended 2013 on a positive note.. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting November 2013 Washington Update

The problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continued to dominate the news in November and are likely to draw further scrutiny from Congress over the next few months. The budget, Farm Bill, tax reform and the debt ceiling limit are also still looming on the radar. Finding bipartisan agreement on these major issues was further complicated this month when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved forward with the so-called “nuclear option” to limit the ability of the minority party to advise and consent regarding executive branch nominees. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting October 2013 Washington Update

The goverment funding crisis was averted after a 16-day shutdown, but more fiscal battles loom on the horizon. Ongoing debates include sequestration, tax reform, healthcare, and the expired Farm Bill. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Summary of Government Funding and Debt Ceiling Deal

The Washington showdown over funding the federal government. We cover what's in the legilsation, the policy differences that forced the shutdown, who won with the final deal, what's next, and whether a grand bargain is likely to emerge from this process. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting September 2013 Washington Update

Ongoing fiscal battles on funding the government, raising the nation's debt limit and sequestration are covered. Additionally, Congress and the White House attempted to move forward on tax reform, energy regulation, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting August 2013 Washington Update

The August recess created a lull, but there was still plenty to discuss. The government funding crises and the escalating situation in Syria were among the hottest topics. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.

Republic Consulting July 2013 Washington Update

Prior to the August recess, Congress debate on healthcare and tax reform heated up and it continued its investigations of improper activity by the IRS, among other issues. This report provides a summary and analysis. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting June 2013 Washington Update

Budget negotitations remained deadlocked, as did progress on the Farm Bill. Comprehensive immigration reform and implementation of healthcare reform also took center stage. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting May 2013 Washington Update

Prior to the Memorial Day recess, Congress dealt with several high profile issues. This report provides a summary and analysis. - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.


 

Republic Consulting 2012 Election Recap and Lame Duck Preview

A summary of the results of the 2012 Presidential and Congressional elections and their impact on the Lame Duck Session - Click here to Read/Download the PDF.