Congressional lawmakers passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that was signed into on Friday, March 23. The omnibus will increase the Department of Energy's (DOE) budget to $34.5 billion (almost $4 billion more than FY 17). This includes additional funds to the following programs:
At a U.S. House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Trade last Wednesday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was asked by Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) about the Administration’s current approach to resolving the softwood lumber dispute with Canada.
A group of U.S. Senators today announced a common-sense proposal aimed at providing legal certainty for undocumented children brought to the United States by their parents and preventing others from falling into the same legal limbo in the future.
Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown have reached a deal on a trio housing bills expected to spur new construction across the state and begin digging California out of the current unprecedented housing shortage .
While congressional Republicans struggle to check off big-ticket agenda items from their to-do list before the August recess, bipartisan Senate energy legislation reworked from last year could fill the legislative vacuum in the coming weeks.