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  • January 18, 2011

    Healthcare Repeal Effort Ramps Up; Key Senators to Retire

    After postponing the vote on the healthcare repeal bill for a week, the House Republican leadership has slated a vote on the bill for tomorrow. Support for repeal among Congressional Republicans is substantial. Although Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (pictured) has vowed to fight for the repeal measure in the Senate once it passes the House, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he will block the repeal effort in the upper chamber.
  • January 10, 2011

    Tragedy Strikes Tucson and Stuns Washington, D.C.

    A pall has been cast over Washington since the news first broke over the weekend that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and several others had been shot in Tucson, Ariz. Six people have died from injuries suffered in the attack. Out of respect, the House leadership said legislative actions that were scheduled for this week have been put off until next week.
  • January 04, 2011

    Washington Prepares for 112th Congress; Boehner Set to Lead

    As the nation’s capital awakens from the holiday season, the reins of power in the House of Representatives are being handed over to the GOP. While previous transfers of power in the House have been marked with much celebration and fanfare, incoming Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has decided . . .
  • December 28, 2010

    Obama Administration Lauds Recent Bipartisan Success

    Just seven weeks after President Obama took responsibility for Democratic defeats in the House of Representatives after the midterm elections, the administration claimed responsibility for legislative accomplishments during the Congressional lame-duck session. This past weekend White House officials were not only highlighting the legislative successes of the session, but the manor in which they were accomplished.
  • December 22, 2010

    Happy Holidays from IDFA!

    We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
  • December 20, 2010

    Capitol Hill Advances Tax-Cut Legislation, Stops DREAM Act

    The lame-duck session continued to be productive as Congress approved legislation to maintain the Bush tax-rate cuts and extend unemployment benefits. President Obama held a signing ceremony at the White House last Friday. The immigration bill known as the DREAM Act, however, failed in the Senate.
  • December 13, 2010

    Child Nutrition, Tax Cuts Move Forward; Healthcare Hits Snag

    President Obama signed the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" into law on Monday and met with former President Clinton to discuss tax cuts. The men held a joint press conference to discuss the deal hammered out between President Obama and the Congressional Republican leadership this past week.
  • December 07, 2010

    Food Safety Bill Passes Senate, But Challenges Remain

    Soon after passing S.510, the comprehensive food safety bill, legislators discovered a technical flaw that puts the future of the bill in doubt. The problem: The bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to collect fees, and all legislative proposals that raise revenue must start in the House.
  • November 29, 2010

    Senate Returns to Food Safety; President Says Freeze Govt. Pay

    Back from its holiday break, the Senate will consider food-safety legislation and possibly vote on four separate amendments. Also this week, President Obama called for a two-year freeze on federal employee salary increases, which could save $2 billion in the coming year and a total of $60 billion over the next 10-year budget window.
  • November 23, 2010

    Food Safety Bill Moves; Reforming Healthcare Reform

    After stalling in the Senate for more than a year, S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, cleared a major hurdle last week when the motion to proceed on the bill passed. The Senate was originally scheduled to act on the bill this week, but is unlikely to do so before the Thanksgiving recess.
  • November 15, 2010

    Freshmen Members Hit Capitol Hill; Leaders Jockey for Position

    Over the weekend, 90 soon-to-be members of the U.S. House of Representatives arrived to begin freshmen orientation. Also this week, Democrats and Republicans will elect their leaders for the 112th Congress. Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) is expected to become Speaker of the House.
  • November 08, 2010

    Tax Cuts May Be First Up When Congress Returns This Week

    As the final votes are counted and the last few races are being decided, many in Washington have turned their attention to the final session for the 111th Congress. Set to resume this week, Congress still has far-reaching legislation to deal with before handing over the gavel.
  • November 03, 2010

    Midterm Elections Create Seismic Change in Congress

    Americans turned out to vote on Tuesday and, for the third straight election cycle in a row, they voted overwhelmingly for a change in leadership. "IDFA has confidence in the relationships we have built with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "We will continue to work with new and veteran members of Congress through bipartisan coalitions to reform dairy policy."
  • November 01, 2010

    Planning for Election Hangover: Will Power Balance Shift?

    Americans will go to the polls today for mid-term elections. With the economy, jobs and general displeasure with the government hanging over the electorate, many voters are already anticipating an anti-incumbent and, more than likely, anti-Democrat outcome.
  • October 26, 2010

    Obama Hints at Post-Election Strategy, Working with GOP

    With just one week remaining until the mid-term elections, the Obama Administration is hinting at what their post-election agenda might be for the 112th Congress. One only has to turn on a cable news channel to know the political landscape will be different come November 3rd.
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