On Tuesday June 10 Eric Cantor, Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, lost his primary to Tea Party candidate, David Brat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Since the House Majority Leader and Minority Leader were created in 1899 during the 56th Congress, no Majority Leader has lost a primary election.
House leadership positions are voted in by rank-and-file party members in the House and they facilitate party coordination in scheduling and passing legislation. Additionally, they act as representatives of party message during floor proceedings and oversee committee Chairmen/women in the House.
Following his primary loss, Representative Cantor decided to step down as Majority Leader effective July 31, 2014. Thus far Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Majority Whip of the House and close friend and ally of both Representative Cantor and the office of Majority Leader is seen as the likely next Majority Leader. This shuffle creates the potential for an opening for the position of Majority Whip. A recent National Journal article indicates that Representatives Roskam (IL), Scalise (LA), and Stutzman (IN) will be seeking the Whip’s position. These internal races will be taking place with the backdrop of the midterm elections in all 535 House Members’ districts taking place in November.
Additionally, these internal elections create the possibility for delayed floor action on important legislation including appropriations which could result in passage of a short-term CR or a large omnibus appropriations package.
In both Democratic and Republican administrations, the President’s use of executive power and actions – or inaction – by federal agencies have been criticized and scrutinized by members of Congress and the courts. Throughout his presidency, like his predecessors, President Obama has used his executive authority on recess appointments, executive orders, and to implement policy priorities. Federal agencies also have used their power to take actions in response to a deadlocked Congress. In his recent state of the union, President Obama made clear his intention to exercise his executive power to the maximum.
Are you curious about how the Executive Branch – the White House and federal agencies – is exerting power and influence over programs and policies, especially in the context of the current Congress and President Obama’s indication he plans to issue numerous executive orders? My colleagues, Scott Coffina and Charlie Rose, will provide a peek behind the curtain of the Executive Branch and share their respective experiences working in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Please join us this Tuesday, March 25th – either in person or online – to learn about how interest groups can respond to both threats and opportunities stemming from the power being exerted by the Executive Branch. To RSVP, please click here.
Health care providers are facing the most dynamic and uncertain regulatory, legislative and fiscal environment in more than a generation. Increasingly, hospitals and health systems need to develop and maintain comprehensive government relations programs that address their site-specific or system-specific concerns. Federal government relations efforts are an integral component to health care providers’ business planning and strategic operations.
Join Ilisa Halpern Paul, Managing Government Realtions Director, Drinker Biddle’s Lobbying and Advocacy Team, and Meghan Woltman, Vice President, Government & Community Relations at Advocate Health Care, on November 6, 2013 for a complimentary webinar that will review the ten best practices with respect to federal health policy and government relations. The webinar will help guide providers in evaluating existing efforts and will provide recommendations for the most effective federal government relations program to navigate the ever-changing federal policy environment. For more information or to register, see here.
Drinker Biddle’s Lobbying and Advocacy Team Senior Government Relations Director Jodie Curtis will be joining Heather B. Abrigo, Counsel, Drinker Biddle, and Nick Araco, Director of Growth Strategies, Drinker Biddle, to present a webinar on “2013 Regulatory and Economic Outlook.” The webinar, to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, will touch upon implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or health reform), the debt ceiling debate, sequestration, and the current legislative and regulatory environments. For more information or to register, see http://www.drinkerbiddle.com/Register/2013-Regulatory-and-Economic-Outlook?Section=Events.
Please join our senior lobbying and public policy professionals for a breakdown of the presidential and congressional elections, the state of the lame duck session and the outlook for the 113th Congress. They will also review the impact of the election on the future of health care reform. To RSVP for the webinar, click here.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Ilisa Halpern Paul Managing Government Relations Director
Anna Schwamlein Howard Medicare Reimbursement and Health Policy Director