The National Governor’s Association held their winter meeting, the largest bipartisan convening of the nation’s governors, earlier this month in Washington, DC. The annual meetings provide a forum for governor and other state leaders to lead and participate in discussions on topics such as criminal justice reform, education, workforce development and more.
On the heels of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, but not on Capitol Hill. President Trump kicked off the week with the delivery of his administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget proposal, A Budget for America’s Future, to Congress.
President Trump delivered his official State of the Union address on February 5. Among the special guests invited to attend the speech was Felicia Porter, who works as a Senate custodian through Goodwill of Greater Washington’s participation in the AbilityOne program.
This year is an election year, resulting in a shorter legislative calendar for Congress so that lawmakers can have ample time on the campaign trail. This means in order to gain lawmakers’ attentions and for policies to get pushed through this year, advocates must be smarter in their efforts.
January is National Mentoring Month. I’ve been fortunate to have a number of mentors in my life including family, teachers, friends and colleagues who have all helped me advance in my career, overcome challenges or provided another perspective on something I may have been struggling with.
Perhaps Congress is feeling the holiday spirit, or lawmakers recognize that we’re heading into an election year, or our collective advocacy efforts have paid off – whatever the motivation, Congress (the House and Senate) and the Administration have reached a deal on federal funding and a year-end tax bill, thus averting a government shutdown.