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Congress Considers Impacts of Biofuel Mandates on Fuel and Food Prices

2022-08-04T10:19:29-04:00

Photo credit: iStock.com/Leonid Sorokin As the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, international commodity prices for fuel and food remain higher than ever, including in the United States.  U.S. allies in western Europe are evaluating their domestic biofuel policies as the global crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine causes continued food shortages and [...]

Congress Considers Impacts of Biofuel Mandates on Fuel and Food Prices2022-08-04T10:19:29-04:00

In the Loop: What’s in the Build Back Better Act

2021-12-27T11:02:19-05:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by KaraSuva from Pixabay On November 19, 2021, the House passed a $2 trillion reconciliation bill—the Build Back Better Act—to implement key elements of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. The bill has faced an uphill battle in the Senate, where it needs 50 votes to pass. Intense negotiations [...]

In the Loop: What’s in the Build Back Better Act2021-12-27T11:02:19-05:00

What was in the CR that Avoided a 2021 Government Shutdown?

2021-10-05T22:23:19-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by cytis from Pixabay  Government funding was extended through December 3 by a Senate amendment to H.R. 5305, providing billions for disaster relief and Afghan refugees. The continuing resolution (CR), extended fiscal 2021 funding levels, averting an October 1 government shutdown. It also included some “anomalies” adjusting those amounts. The White House [...]

What was in the CR that Avoided a 2021 Government Shutdown?2021-10-05T22:23:19-04:00

2020 Census Apportionment Results Are In

2021-04-27T10:29:32-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by WikimediaImages & Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay  The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 seats across all 50 states. The number of seats each state has is determined by the Census, which occurs every 10 years and the results of which have just been released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Every state [...]

2020 Census Apportionment Results Are In2021-04-27T10:29:32-04:00

How Have Governors Spent Federal GEER Funds?

2021-04-14T10:03:11-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by David Mark &. Patrick Pascal Schauß from Pixabay  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) included emergency funds made available to governors for emergency education relief. The CARES Act created the Governors Emergency Education Fund (GEER Fund), dispensing about $3 billion to state governments to address emergency [...]

How Have Governors Spent Federal GEER Funds?2021-04-14T10:03:11-04:00

What’s in the American Rescue Plan

2021-03-17T12:25:00-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Daniel Roberts, Patrick Pascal Schauß, & 1778011 from Pixabay On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319). The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) represents the most significant direct-to-consumer stimulus legislation ever. ARP aligns with [...]

What’s in the American Rescue Plan2021-03-17T12:25:00-04:00

House Earmarks Return With New Guidelines

2021-03-09T13:12:45-05:00

Digital Collage by Ryan Stevens; photo sources by Tumisu & Francine Sreca from Pixabay  Earmarks are coming back for Congress’s next round of annual funding bills. However, for-profit companies will be excluded, and the money available will only be a small slice of appropriations. House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) announced her panel’s plan to solicit lawmakers’ requests for earmarks, [...]

House Earmarks Return With New Guidelines2021-03-09T13:12:45-05:00

State Action on Stimulus Checks

2020-09-17T07:30:00-04:00

by: Ryan J. Stevens Digital Collage by Alana Burman Congress passed the CARES Act nearly six months ago, which provided roughly $2 trillion to individuals, businesses, and states in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.  The Act also included payments of as much as $1,200 for individual taxpayers and $500 per child, phased out when [...]

State Action on Stimulus Checks2020-09-17T07:30:00-04:00

2020 Congressional Fall Outlook

2020-09-09T08:30:00-04:00

DMGS Article Highlights: Congress returns after Labor Day for brief legislative sessionSeveral important bills could be delayed until post-election lame-duck period Congress gets back to work in Washington this week with brokering funding deals at the top of the agenda. Both the House and Senate must pass a stopgap spending bill to fund the government [...]

2020 Congressional Fall Outlook2020-09-09T08:30:00-04:00

How to Advocate in the Age of COVID-19: DMGS Lobbying Tips

2020-07-31T11:24:46-04:00

Digital Illustration by Alana Burman Last year, DMGS looked at “Hill Day Strategies” and provided lobbying tips on how to advocate effectively.  This year, traditional lobbying and advocacy have changed due to the spread of COVID-19.  In the past few months, in-person meetings with lawmakers and their staff members have dwindled, while digital meetings, emails, [...]

How to Advocate in the Age of COVID-19: DMGS Lobbying Tips2020-07-31T11:24:46-04:00
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