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Leadership on Congressional Committees 115th Congress

We have reviewed the potential impacts of the 2016 elections on pertinent congressional committees that are important to our clients’ issues.  Here’s what we’ve found: U.S. House UPDATE 12/01/2016 Today the House Republican Steering Committee met and recommended the Members below for committee chairs in the 115th Congress: Agriculture: Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) Appropriations: Rep….


Incoming Freshman Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Below is a list of the 53 incoming freshman members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 115th Congress.  There are 26 new Republicans and 27 new Democrats. After the 2016 general elections, Republicans maintained majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives with (currently) 239 of the 435 seats. Democrats currently hold 193…


Lame Duck Session Begins With Lots of Unfinished Business

When Congress returns on November 14 they are scheduled for 16 legislative days in the lame duck session with a planned adjournment on December 16.  There remain multiple, big-ticket issues to resolve upon their return and with each passing day, it becomes more uncertain if they will have enough time to pass all the measures. …


Lobbying: Drinking Water Challenge pt.2

Cansler Consulting is staying on top of the drinking water infrastructure challenges faced by our country and how the the government is responding to it now and in the future. The next EPA assessment should be released in 2017. If history of the previous EPA assessments continue to repeat, there will likely be significant changes…


Lobbying: Drinking Water Challenge pt.1

Funding for Drinking Water Will Remain A Challenge to 2037 & Beyond The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan heightened the public’s attention across the U.S. about the issue of the deteriorating decades-old drinking water infrastructure.  Along with the rest of America, Cansler Consulting watched as the crisis unfolded. Members of Congress, state and federal…


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.2)

To give you some perspective, since 1966 the U.S. has maintained an annual deficit, where federal spending surpassed federal income, in all but 5 years (1969, 1998-2001). Over this 50-year period the U.S. deficit has averaged 2.8 percent of U.S Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the World Bank estimated 2014 GDP for the U.S….


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.1)

As in each year preceding, on February 9, President Obama released his annual budget for the U.S. that tops $4 trillion.  The budget outlines the current Administration’s policy proposals, budgetary projections, and economic forecasts for the next decade. This will be the last annual budget report for his administration. The Obama Administration can be commended…


Presidential Election Year Holds Little Promise

2015 Productive Legislative Year For Congress, But 2016 Presidential Election Year Holds Little Promise The U.S. House and Senate reconvened in January for the 2nd Session of the 114th Congress after closing out a very productive and bipartisan 1st legislative session.  Major accomplishments during the last session of Congress included: repairing how the Medicare program pays…


Omnibus Package to White House

The FY 2016 omnibus spending package H.R. 2029, now heads to the White House after the 65-33 Senate and 316-113 House votes. The $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill funds federal government agencies for the remaining ten months of FY 2016 ending September 30, 2016. The bill includes funding for all 12 annual appropriations bills and…


Year-End Tax Extenders Legislation Still Being Negotiated

Ongoing discussions are proving fruitful between the Treasury Department and House and Senate tax lawmakers. Kevin Brady (R-TX) is the new House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and according to Brady a new tax package is being finalized for consideration by Congress toward the end of the 1st session of the 114th Congress.


FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act Set for Final Passage

Procedural action in the House and Senate on November 3 has cleared the path for final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  On October 22, the President vetoed the previously adopted NDAA, H.R. 1735 stating, “While there are provisions in this bill that I support, including the codification of key interrogation-related reforms from…


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