Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 17, 2021

The Senate will end the year without action on President Joe Biden’s cornerstone economic policy priority or the voting rights overhaul that Senate Democrats were eyeing for an end-of-year push.  The recognition of this reality comes after President Joe Biden’s talks with holdout Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) faltered this week and the Senate Parliamentarian… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 15, 2021

Both the House and Senate voted to raise the debt limit helping avert a first-time default by the U.S. as the clock ticked down on the government’s ability to pay its bills. This comes after months of fighting between Democrats and Republicans over raising the debt limit and spending in Washington.  The resolution introduced in… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 14, 2021

Democrats will vote today to raise the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, which they expect will lift the nation’s borrowing cap until 2023.  Senate Democrats unveiled a resolution to raise the debt ceiling earlier today, shortly before they were scheduled to take a procedural vote on the measure, which passed on a party line vote,… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 10, 2021

Both the House and Senate are not in session today.  The House will return on Tuesday, December 14th for votes, and the Senate will return at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 13th. The Senate on Thursday adopted a bipartisan deal that paves the way for lawmakers to raise the debt ceiling, a move that positions… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 9, 2021

Fourteen Senate Republicans on Thursday helped advance a deal negotiated by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to set up a one-time exemption to the filibuster on raising the debt ceiling.   Senators voted 64-36 to close debate on the bill, which also prevents automatic cuts faced by physicians and other medical providers under Medicare from… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 8, 2021

Both the House and the Senate made significant progress Tuesday on legislation related to the nation’s debt ceiling and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Tuesday night teed up a key vote on a deal struck with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to raise the debt… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 7, 2021

In a productive day, Congress made progress on both the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), as well as raising the debt ceiling.  Lawmakers released the text of the compromise reached on the annual defense policy bill on Tuesday in a new effort to get the sweeping bill across the finish line.  The compromise on the… Read More

Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
December 6, 2021

Both the House and Senate were scheduled to leave Washington, D.C., for the year as early as the end of this week.   The House, instead, has now formally added a week to its schedule, meaning the lower chamber will now start its break around December 17th, while senators are warning they could possibly remain in… Read More