Congress

BGOV closer look: Revised draft Senate health-care amendment

Major portions of the Affordable Care Act would be overhauled under the July 13 draft Senate amendment to H.R. 1628, which also would cap federal funding for Medicaid.

HASC’s NDAA would require Amazon-like online marketplaces

Government buying of commercial products may become more like shopping on Amazon.com than the traditional procurement process, if the House Armed Services Committee has its way.

Russia, Syria, the Arctic: Defense bill amendments to watch

Lawmakers will have dozens of opportunities to make their mark on military policy as the House takes up the massive fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill.

House GOP’s $1.6 billion border wall plan sets up fight

House Republicans unveiled a spending bill that includes funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, setting up a clash with Democrats that risks a government shutdown later this year.

Revised health-care plan to be unveiled this week in Senate

Senate Republican leaders plan to unveil a revised version of their health-care bill later this week after making little progress on winning over party holdouts.

BGOV cheat sheet: Engaging in personalities

The House rule ordering lawmakers to avoid “engaging in personalities” has been breached so many times that a modern record was set in the 115th Congress.

Trump complaints lead to record number of parliamentary warnings

Representative Hakeem Jeffries set a record this week when the presiding House officer warned him to mind his manners.The New York Democrat’s comments had prompted a parliamentary reminder “to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president.” Lawmakers have been told to heed the rule more times this year than in any recent session of Congress.

The top 5 predictors of success when attempting to influence an undecided legislator

When it comes to influencing members of Congress there are no “six easy steps to yes.” To increase your influence, you need a strategy.

Republicans warn defense increase can’t come at domestic expense

Pro-Pentagon Republicans warned Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that the increase in defense spending proposed by President Donald Trump can’t come at the wholesale expense of domestic spending or the State Department.

Rep. Walden talks healthcare & EPA funding

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Greg Walden has broad oversight of legislation spanning health care, energy, the environment and telecom. He joined Bloomberg Government and an audience of Washington leaders to discuss the top issues being debated, including efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.