Presidents Day kicked off a week-long recess for Congress. Not that they don’t have much to do. There’s the possible repeal-and-replace of the Affordable Care Act and related issues affecting Health and Human Services and particularly its massive Medicaid program. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, offers a look ahead on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
While most of Congress seems mired in the partisan minutiae of a new administration, at least two members are looking towards the stars. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) have introduced a bill that would require NASA to develop a specific plan to put an astronaut on Mars. Culberson discusses the Manifest for Human Spaceflight Act on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Problems transferring licenses from military to civilian world or from one state to another are starting to get attention in Congress.
This spring will see new acquisition reforms from the House Armed Services Committee along with hopes to pass appropriations bills.
Many federal employees will discover in this year’s tax season that even if they received a pay raise, they will not keep all of it. Tammy Flanagan, a federal benefits expert from the National Institute of Transition Planning, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the effects of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) on tax refunds.
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Two regulatory reforms bills made it out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, over the protests of Democratic lawmakers who argued the bills were solutions in search of a problem.
Lawmakers are once again reintroducing legislation that would create up to six weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees after the birth, adoption or fostering of a new child. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) officially reintroduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA).
Lawmakers introduced five bills to ensure the readiness of the federal workforce in the face of the hiring freeze or potential furloughs.
Legislation proposed by a House Republican would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency by the end of 2018. Some say it’s political grandstanding, while others suggest maybe it’s time for an update to EPA. But what would it take to dismantle a large federal agency?
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced one-sentence bill that would terminate the Education Department by Dec. 31, 2018.
A long-awaited bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service’s troubled finances could have the momentum it needs to make it to President Donald Trump’s desk after four major postal unions voiced their support for the legislation at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is pushing for funds left behind last year and for new reforms in the year to come.
While the Trump administration mulls over potential changes at the Environmental Protection agency, one Florida congressman wants to abolish it entirely.
Defense Secretary James Mattis laid out plans for the next six years in a Feb. 1 memo.