Jan. 27, 2015

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How the Presidential Race Threatens the 2016 August Recess

The first voting is almost a full year away, and already the presidential campaign is upsetting the regular rhythms of Congress.

First Look: Can Democrats Win the Senate in 2016?

For Republicans, the fight for control of the Senate in 2016 is all about playing defense.

Gardner, Rangel Co-Headlining 2015 Washington Press Club Foundation Dinner

Newly minted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and veteran Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., will effectively be campaigning for the biggest laughs on Feb. 4, when they face off at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s 71st Annual Congressional Dinner.

As Blizzard Hits, Cuomo Bans Travel

A massive nor’easter was hitting New York, New Jersey, and New England Monday night and Tuesday. That means that mass transit and the highways, at least in the New York City area, were closed, as of 11pm Monday.

White House Landing Highlights Calls For Drone Rule

The lobbying and advocacy effort to get the Federal Aviation Administration to issue its long-awaited proposed rule on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) got a bit of a dramatic fillip early Monday when a small quad copter landed on the White House grounds.

Exclusive: DSCC Hires National Political Director, Press Secretary

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will add Simone Ward and Sadie Weiner to its senior staff roster, according to a Tuesday news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

CBO Cuts Health Law Cost Estimate

The Congressional Budget Office on Monday set the stage for the start of the congressional budgeting season with its annual long-term economic outlook report. The budget analysis agency estimates that the long-term cost 2010 Affordable Care Act is about $101 billion lower than an earlier estimate. The total net cost of the law over the next 10 years is $1, 350 billion, which is a 7 percent reduction from previous estimates and substantially lower than original estimates. Aiding the reduced cost is a $68 billion reduction in the cost of subsidizing insurance purchased on state and federal insurance exchanges. However, the lower costs are partially offset by increased Medicaid spending. The CBO also reports that 42 million people in the United States were uninsured in 2014, a number that would have been 12 million larger without the health law. In 2015, the number of uninsured will be about 36 million.

John McCain on Those Soaring Hawks

— Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., in Megan Scully‘s CQ Weekly cover story ($) on how McCain is positioned as a defense hawk in his caucus and the Senate overall (McCain prefers the term “internationalist” to “hawk,” FWIW)

Company Pins Solar Plant Fate on Congress

The potential reality of the Palen solar plant depends on whether lawmakers will extend or alter the investment tax credit.

Acquisition Overhaul, Benghazi, Bobby Three Sticks in the Week Ahead

Busy, busy week.

Ultraconservatives Dig In via House Freedom Caucus

GOP lawmakers who find the far-right Republican Study Committee too squishy now have a new clique to call home: the House Freedom Caucus.

Health Committees Get to Work

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee begins legislative action this week. The committee is set for votes on organizational rules on Wednesday along with a measure re-authorizing programs for the elderly (S 192). On Thursday, the committee examines the promise and pitfalls of employer wellness programs.

CTIA Hires Tom Power

The wireless industry group CTIA-The Wireless Association announced Monday that it’s hired the White House’s former deputy chief technology officer for telecommunications, Tom Power, to be its senior vice president and general counsel.

Week Ahead: The State Of Freight Rail, Boeing's Future

Freight rail efficiency and the resilience of the nation’s infrastructure will be getting attention this week as will the continuing saga of falling oil prices.

Democrats Plan Police Body-Camera Legislation

Two similar Democratic proposals to equip more police officers with body-worn cameras should come into better focus within days, as details emerge on a White House initiative as well as a prominent African-American lawmaker’s legislation in the House.

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