Politics

New Congress, Old Connections: House Leaders’ Influence Networks

As lobbying firms staff up to make sure they have all the know-how they’ll need in the 116th Congress, connections to the top decision-makers will be key.With a change in control of the House, that could mean supplementing a Republican-heavy roster with more Democrats.

Thin Bench, Senate Gauntlet Would Complicate a Nielsen Ouster

President Donald Trump’s ouster of Jeff Sessions as attorney general the day after the midterm elections raises the question: Who could be shown the door next?

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the reported target of Trump’s ire over migrants trying to cross the Southwest border, would be difficult to replace because of a small number of potential candidates and a tough confirmation process, lobbyists, academics and former government officials said.

2018 Post-Election Briefing with Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight

On November 8, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group joined together for a post-election briefing, providing in-depth analysis of the midterm elections results.

Once-Embattled Visclosky Comes Into Spotlight With Defense Gavel

Rep. Pete Visclosky is on track to become the defense industry’s most courted man as the likely chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Visclosky, who has kept a very low public profile as the ranking member of the panel, is about to be in charge of the largest slice of federal discretionary spending, which this year is close to $700 billion.

Self-Funding Candidates Bet On Themselves: Did They Win?

Rick Scott set a record for a pay-your-own-way congressional campaign by spending more than $51 million to win a Senate seat from Florida.

The Republican governor and former businessman defeated incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in a race that may end up ranking as the most expensive Senate contest ever once all types of spending are tallied.

Democratic Wins Promise More Leverage in Redistricting Battles

Democrats have set themselves up to chip away at the Republican Party’s redistricting advantage after the 2020 Census, following key wins in this year’s gubernatorial elections.

Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will have Democratic governors when new congressional and state legislative lines are drawn in 2021.

Probes, Possible Infrastructure Deal: What to Watch in the 116th

Investigations, infrastructure, and immigration are among the issues that will dominate the 116th Congress when a Democratic majority in the House faces the challenge of working with a Republican-controlled Senate that’s wed to President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Military Vets Head for the House: Meet the Next Freshmen

A veritable platoon of military veterans, including a former Marine who participated in a rare combat mission to rescue a prisoner of war, is ready to march onto the House floor as new members of Congress.

Chao Defying Law on Self-Driving Auto Test Funds, Lawmakers Say

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao ignored explicit congressional direction by shutting down a program to test self-driving vehicle technology at a handful of government-designated proving grounds, key lawmakers from both chambers say.

Asylum Seeking Is About More Than Politics For These Candidates

President Donald Trump’s closing argument on the midterm election has focused on immigration and the “caravan” of refugees fleeing violence by walking toward the U.S.

For some of the candidates on the ballot in today’s election, the subject is personal; they come from families who sought shelter in America.