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Suspending the Rules is Bloomberg Government’s weekly look at what’s happening in Congress, featuring news and analysis from BGOV’s team of legislative analysts and reporters.


Spending Allocations Agreed as Dec. 20 Deadline Looms
Dec 2 • 15 min
With less than three weeks left before government funding runs out, negotiators from the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled House have agreed to topline spending figures for the 12 annual appropriations bills. Lawmakers will work to finalize…
Congress Tees Up CR to Hold Off Shutdown Till Holidays
Nov 18 • 15 min
Congress plans to vote this week on a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 20. The move buys time for Democrats and Republicans to, potentially, conclude negotiations over spending allocations and the details of the 12 annual…
What to Watch Ahead of 2020 Congressional Races
Nov 12 • 17 min
Congressional campaigns are taking stock of off-year election results in Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi as they ramp up their plans for the next 12 months. They’ll also be watching how Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards fares in Louisiana’s Nov. 16…
AI, Privacy Top Rep. Jerry McNerney’s Tech Agenda
Nov 4 • 26 min
Artificial intelligence, digital privacy, and other technology policy debates are all issues Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) plans to address as a leader of the Congressional AI Caucus and a member of the House committee with jurisdiction over tech. On…
Fight Over Armenian Killings Comes to House Floor
Oct 28 • 9 min
The House this week will vote on condemning the Ottoman Empire’s slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians during and after World War I under a nonbinding resolution. The event is widely known as the Armenian Genocide, a term Turkey disputes. On this episode of…
Foreign Election Meddling Targeted By House Bills
Oct 21 • 14 min
Foreign offers of assistance to federal campaigns would have to be reported to law enforcement under a bill the House plans to take up this week. Other provisions in the “SHIELD Act” would require disclosures on online political ads similar to those in…
Hong Kong Protests Poised for Boost from House
Oct 15 • 11 min
Hong Kong Protests Poised for Boost from House (Podcast) The House plans to show its support for ongoing protests in Hong Kong by considering two bipartisan bills. The measures would block sales of crowd control equipment, impose sanctions, and require an…
GOP Targets South’s Only Democratic Governor
Oct 7 • 13 min
Voters in Louisiana will go to the polls Saturday for the state’s open gubernatorial primary, as incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) tries to hold off two Republican challengers. President Donald Trump will hold a rally in the state Friday ahead of the…
‘Mod-Com’ Panel Looks to Fix Congress
Sep 30 • 32 min
Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Tom Graves (R-Ga.) are leading a bipartisan panel of lawmakers developing recommendations to improve the workings of the Capitol. The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress is looking at improvements in…
Rep. Greg Walden Talks Data Privacy
Sep 23 • 25 min
Tech needs a made-in-America data privacy standard, House Energy and Commerce ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) told the audience at the Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from…
House Tackles Mandatory Arbitration Agreements
Sep 16 • 12 min
Companies wouldn’t be able to require employees or consumers to resolve disputes through arbitration rather than court under a bill the House plans to take up this week. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, legislative…
Spending, Guns Highlight Fall Congressional Agenda
Sep 9 • 18 min
Congress faces a long to-do list as it returns from its summer recess this week. Lawmakers will need to extend federal funding past Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown, and could take up legislation to address recent shootings, drug pricing, and…
North Carolina Election Draws National Attention
Sep 4 • 13 min
A special election in North Carolina is being watched as a potential bellwether for the 2020 campaign. The state’s 9th Congressional District will vote on Sept. 10 to fill a vacant seat in the House after the 2018 results were nullified following evidence…
Autonomous Vehicles and the Law: Is Congress at the Wheel? [Special Edition]
Aug 22 • 24 min
Legislation to regulate autonomous vehicles got hung up in Congress last year, but that hasn’t stopped developers from rolling test vehicles onto the streets. This special episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules” looks at how the industry…
Internet Industry Weighs In On Liability Shield
Aug 13 • 12 min
Republicans and Democrats are increasingly discussing potential changes to the law that protects social media platforms and other internet companies from liability for their users’ content. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that companies…
Internet Liability Shield Under Scrutiny
Aug 6 • 15 min
With public and congressional attention increasingly focused on social media companies, lawmakers and other stakeholders are discussing changes to the obscure provision of law that’s been credited with the rise of online companies. The “Section 230”…
Budget Caps, Debt Limit Deal in the Balance
Jul 22 • 17 min
With the House scheduled to leave town for a six-week recess Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are negotiating a budget deal to address spending caps and the debt ceiling. On this episode of Bloomberg…
Worker Green Card Bill Hits Snag in Senate
Jul 15 • 16 min
The House last week easily passed a bill to eliminate the per-country cap on employment-based green cards, a move that would reduce the backlog of applicants from China and India. The measure faces a rockier road in the Senate, however, where concerns…
Hurdles Ahead for Must-Pass Defense Authorization Bill
Jul 8 • 17 min
The House this week will take up its version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act amid opposition from Republicans and potential defections from progressives. The Senate passed its version of the bill, which will need to be reconciled with the…
Lobbyists Already Gearing Up for 2020 Election
Jul 1 • 13 min
Lobbyists have been just as busy as lawmakers halfway through 2019, as industries and interest groups mobilize around drug pricing, mergers, and other hot-button topics. Democratic proposals like “Medicare-for-All” have spurred industry groups to hire…
Congress Takes On Saudi Arabia Arms Sales
Jun 24 • 13 min
The Senate passed a series of joint resolutions blocking 22 separate arms deals, worth more than $8 billion, with Saudi Arabia and other countries. The House could consider those measures as early as this week, sending them to the White House, which is…
Must-Pass Defense Authorization Bill Faces Hurdles
Jun 17 • 16 min
The Senate this week will consider its fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass piece of legislation that has been enacted for the last 58 consecutive years. The House advanced its version through committee last week over objections…
House to Move Minibus, Senate Talks Budget Caps
Jun 10 • 13 min
The House will consider a five-bill minibus spending package totaling nearly $1 trillion this week, while Senate Republicans and the White House plan to huddle on budget caps and the debt limit. Bloomberg Government budget and appropriations reporter Jack…
Immigration Debate Hits House Floor This Week
Jun 3 • 18 min
A bill to provide a pathway to citizenship for more than 2 million people who came to the country illegally as children tops the agenda this week, as the House is scheduled to vote on the “American Dream and Promise Act.” It’s the latest development in…
Disaster Deal Stumbles, Recess Pauses Spending Fight
May 28 • 14 min
A last-minute objection to the disaster aid deal reached between Democrats and President Donald Trump means it’ll be back on the House’s to-do list after the Memorial Day recess. Lawmakers will also resume the fight over humanitarian aid and wall funding…
Consumer Finance Agency Bill Tops House Agenda
May 20 • 13 min
The House plans to vote this week on the “Consumers First Act,” which would undo several recent changes made by the Trump administration to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). On this episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,”…
2020 Spending Fight Revs Up in the House
May 13 • 14 min
House Democrats have started moving fiscal 2020 appropriations bills at the committee level despite the lack of agreement on topline spending levels with Senate Republicans. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, budget and…
ACA and Drug Pricing Bills on Tap in House
May 6 • 17 min
The Trump administration’s plan to give states wider latitude to pursue changes to the Affordable Care Act will be under the microscope this week, as the House is scheduled to vote on a bill to block recent guidance on the law’s “state innovation…
House Democrats Tee Up Paris Bill, Climate Agenda
Apr 29 • 12 min
President Donald Trump would be barred from pulling the U.S. out of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement under a bill the House will consider this week. On this episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” legislative analyst Adam M. Taylor and…
Marijuana Legalization Bills Budding in Congress
Apr 22 • 18 min
States’ continuing push to legalize marijuana use – and the businesses that serve users – has sparked the interest of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, legislative analysts Sarah Babbage,…
The USMCA Faces an Intricate Political Path
Apr 15 • 13 min
A report coming this week on the economic effects of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, could set congressional consideration of the USMCA in motion this spring. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, legislative…
House Democrats Seek Budget Cap Increase, Trump Taxes
Apr 8 • 17 min
The House this week is scheduled to vote on a bill to raise the statutory spending caps for two years. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, budget and appropriations reporter Jack Fitzpatrick and legislative analyst Michael…
House to Vote on VAWA, GOP Reckons with Health Care
Apr 1 • 16 min
The House this week will consider a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which lapsed on Feb. 15. The measure would also make changes to gun laws, prisoner placement, and housing assistance programs. On this episode of Bloomberg…
Military Transgender Ban, Maduro on House Agenda
Mar 25 • 11 min
The House this week will vote on a nonbinding resolution opposing the Trump administration’s move to ban transgender troops from serving in the military. The Pentagon said it plans to implement the policy in April, after several temporary injunctions were…
Trump Issues First Veto, House Eyes Net Neutrality
Mar 18 • 15 min
President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, rejecting a resolution that would overturn his national emergency declaration at the southern border. Another resolution he opposes, this one to end U.S. involvement in Yemen’s…
White House Budget, House Transparency Bills on Tap
Mar 11 • 15 min
The White House officially kicked off the fiscal 2020 spending fight today with a budget that proposes aggressive cuts to domestic spending and increases for the Defense Department. On this episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” budget…
Elections Bill Vote This Week, GOP Procedural Wins
Mar 4 • 15 min
House Democrats are poised to bring their signature elections and ethics package (H.R. 1) to the floor this week. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, legislative analysts Michael Smallberg, Naoreen Chowdhury, and Adam M.…
Dems Fight Emergency Order, Congress Tackles Privacy
Feb 25 • 15 min
Democrats in the House have introduced a joint resolution to undo President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration, which he’s using to divert funding for his border wall. On this episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” legislative analyst…
Trump’s Emergency Declaration, Democrats’ Gun Bills
Feb 19 • 13 min
President Donald Trump signed an agreement on Friday to keep the government open while issuing an emergency declaration to reprogram funding for a border wall. On this episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” homeland security reporter…
Spending Talks Hit Snag, House Preps Health-Care Bills
Feb 11 • 17 min
As of Monday morning, talks to keep the government open stalled over disagreement on the number of immigration detention beds. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, budget and appropriations reporter Jack Fitzpatrick and…
Trump To Seek Wall, Compromises in State of the Union
Feb 4 • 16 min
President Donald Trump will attempt to thread the needle in his State of the Union address Tuesday, demanding money for a border wall while calling for bipartisan compromise on other issues, Bloomberg Government White House reporter Cheryl Bolen says on…
Senate DOD Cybersecurity Chairman Lays Out Priorities
Feb 1 • 27 min
Senate Republicans have no appetite for another government shutdown, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) told Bloomberg Government homeland security reporter Michaela Ross at BGOV’s 2019 Hill Watch event on Jan. 30. He spoke about congressional budget negotiations…
House Budget Chairman Yarmuth Previews 2019 Agenda
Jan 31 • 26 min
Democrats oppose linking the debt limit to the border debate. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, outlined that position and Democratic priorities — including on “Medicare for All” — in an interview with Bloomberg…
Busy 2019 Awaits Congress After Spending Fight
Jan 30 • 36 min
Congress could tackle a host of policy issues this year, once the spending fight is resolved, including infrastructure, tax, health care, climate, and more. Members of the Bloomberg Government legislative analyst team took the stage at BGOV’s Hill Watch…
Federal Government Reopens, Lawmakers Eye Drug Prices
Jan 28 • 13 min
Congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump reached agreement to reopen the government until Feb. 15. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules” from Bloomberg Government, budget and appropriations reporter Jack Fitzpatrick and legislative analyst…
Senate GOP Preps First Spending Vote With Wall Funds
Jan 22 • 13 min
The Senate will act on legislation to open the government, fund the border wall, and make changes to asylum and other immigration programs. Democrats have rejected that proposal and the House is planning votes on a separate funding package this week. Adam…
Ranking Transportation Republican Lays Out 2019 Agenda
Jan 15 • 10 min
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) is the new top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, assuming the mantle as his party moves into the minority. In this special episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” transportation…
Shutdown Enters Fourth Week With No End In Sight
Jan 14 • 14 min
The partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22 is now the longest in U.S. history. Bloomberg Government budget and appropriations reporter Jack Fitzpatrick discusses the impasse and options President Donald Trump has floated — such as an emergency…
House Transportation Chair Sets New Course for 2019
Jan 11 • 13 min
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has been elevated to chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee under the Democrats’ new House majority. In this special episode of “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg Government transportation policy reporter…
Ethics, Health Care, Syria Top Hill Agenda This Week
Jan 7 • 15 min
House Democrats unveiled their first signature piece of legislation in the majority: H.R. 1, which would impose new ethics rules on federal officials, expand access to voting, and make changes to the campaign finance system. On this edition of “Suspending…
House Democrats Pitch End to Shutdown, New Rules
Jan 2 • 18 min
House Democrats unveiled a spending package that will be considered this week to end the partial government shutdown. On this episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” deputy news director Loren Duggan breaks down the spending debate and…
Shutdown Deadline Looms, Court Targets Obamacare
Dec 17, 2018 • 14 min
Funding for about one-quarter of the federal government — including the Homeland Security, Treasury, and State departments, and the EPA — will run out at midnight Friday unless a new spending deal is enacted before then. On this episode of “Suspending the…
Self-Driving Cars Deal Stalls, Health-Care Bills Move
Dec 10, 2018 • 15 min
Last week, lawmakers announced a deal to advance legislation to establish a national safety framework for self-driving cars. Almost immediately, one prominent group withdrew its support, causing its chances for passage to crash. This week on “Suspending…
Congress Staring Down Deadlines on Spending, Farm Bill
Dec 3, 2018 • 13 min
After cancelling votes following the death of former President George H.W. Bush, Congress likely won’t resume legislative business until Dec. 10. Topping the hefty to-do list will be finalizing the seven full-year spending bills that weren’t completed…
Democrats to Choose Leaders, Flood Insurance May Lapse
Nov 26, 2018 • 13 min
House Democrats will select their leaders for the 116th Congress in closed-door caucus elections on Wednesday. On this week’s episode of Bloomberg Government’s “Suspending the Rules,” congressional reporter Katherine Scott discusses the state of play for…
Senate Looks at Criminal Justice, Coast Guard Bills
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise criminal justice measure last week that would ease mandatory minimum sentencing rules and expand programs to curb recidivism. On this Thanksgiving week episode of “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg…
House Returns to Leadership Races, Lame Duck Session
Nov 13, 2018 • 12 min
Congress returns to Washington this week following the midterm elections where Democrats won control of the House. On this week’s episode of “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg Government congressional reporter Katherine Scott and lobbying reporter Megan…
New Congress Will Bring Oversight, Policy Changes
Nov 7, 2018 • 30 min
Congress will look very different when it gavels in next year with a new House Democratic Majority and an expanded Republican Senate. On this special post-election episode of “Suspending the Rules,” our reporters and legislative analysts break down the…
Final Midterm Election Preview, Looking Ahead to 2019
Nov 5, 2018 • 18 min
Democrats are favored to take control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans are projected to retain their Senate majority. On this episode of “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg Government Deputy News Director Loren Duggan and elections…
Iran Sanctions Coming Back, Dark Money Floods Election
Oct 29, 2018 • 13 min
Sanctions on Iran’s energy sector are slated to come back into effect on Nov. 5 after President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. On this week’s episode of “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg Government Legislative Analyst Naoreen Chowdhury…
Republicans Eye Tax Cuts, Health Rules After Election
Oct 22, 2018 • 13 min
President Donald Trump last week promised that House leaders were working on tax legislation to unveil before the Nov. 6 midterm election. On this week’s episode of “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg Government Legislative Analyst Sarah Babbage looks at…
Border Wall Money, Election Results Muddy Lame Duck
Oct 15, 2018 • 16 min
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) proposal to spend $23.4 billion on a wall along the southern border represents a harder line for Republicans as midterm election campaigns go into overdrive. This week on “Suspending the Rules,” Bloomberg…
Trade Deal and Farm Bill Await Congress
Oct 9, 2018 • 11 min
The new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will be signed by the end of November. Bloomberg Government Legislative Analyst Sarah Babbage and Agriculture Reporter Teaganne Finn discuss how the new deal compares to the North American Free…
Senator Calls for More College Student Data Collection
Oct 4, 2018 • 15 min
A measure to allow the federal government to collect more data on college students is being discussed as Congress could reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year. In this special episode of Suspending the Rules, Bloomberg Government education policy…
Immigration Stalls Spending Bills, FAA Deal Takes Flight
Oct 1, 2018 • 17 min
Immigration debates related to the 2020 census, immigration courts, and the border wall are major hurdles as Congress faces a new Dec. 7 deadline to fully fund the government. On this week’s episode of Suspending the Rules, Bloomberg Government’s Michael…