Capitol to Capitol is NCSL's state-federal newsletter.
Sports championships (and government shutdowns) may lead to baby booms?
The euphoria and excitement of major sporting events, such as the World Cup, is believed to lead to sharp increases of births in the host country as well as the winning nation. In 2006, German hospitals reported a sharp rise in births nine months after the country hosted the World Cup and finished third. The same thing happened in Iceland nine months after their historic win against England at the 2016 Euro Cup.
In Washington, D.C., a similar baby boom may have occurred in 2013 as a result of the 17-day shutdown of the federal government.
NCSL’s Standing Committees meet twice each year to develop policy directives and resolutions on state-federal issues to guide NCSL's advocacy in Washington, D.C.
NCSL's Washington staff lobby Congress, the White House and federal agencies on behalf of state legislatures in accord with the policy directives and resolutions recommended by the Standing Committees and adopted at the NCSL Legislative Summit. Because of the policy decisions of the Standing Committees, NCSL is nationally recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.
Below is a link to the policy directives and resolutions the NCSL Standing Committees expect to consider during their meetings on Monday and Tuesday, July 30-31, during the 2018 Legislative Summit in Los Angeles. Final votes on all policy directives and resolutions reported from the Standing Committees will take place at the Setting the States' Agenda Business Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 8-9:45 a.m.
For more information, contact Neal Osten or Molly Ramsdell at (202) 624-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCSL Contacts: Neal Osten, Molly Ramsdell
Both the House and Senate reconvene today.
Tomorrow night, Baseball’s All-Star Game will return to the nation’s capital for the first time in 49 years. Here are some facts about the Midsummer Classic:
House leadership plans to bring two more spending bills to the floor this week, making it the second minibus funding bill for FY 2019. Leadership plans to combine H.R. 6147, the Interior-Environment appropriations bill, with H.R. 6258, the Financial Services and General Government appropriations legislation. While these measures are traditionally not the most controversial of the 12 annual funding bills, you can expect that there will still be contentious debate on issues that include Scott Pruitt’s controversial exit from the EPA, federal jobs for young immigrants, financial transactions with marijuana vendors and reviving net neutrality to name a few.
Meanwhile, the first minibus spending bill covering funding for the legislative branch, energy and water, and military construction and veterans’ affairs is running into some speed bumps of its own. Last Thursday, a conference committee to hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the first packaged spending bill was abruptly cancelled after Republican leadership got wind of an amendment Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) planned to offer that would allow funds to be spent outside legal spending caps for veterans’ health programs.
Reminder: Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass all 12 appropriations bills or risk a cantankerous budget showdown that could result in a government shutdown right before the midterm elections.
NCSL Contacts: Max Behlke, Jake Lestock
The Treasury released its monthly statement of Receipts and Outlays report last week, which states that government spending once again outpaced revenues as the federal deficit rose 16 percent in the first three quarters of this fiscal year. Through July 1, the total government shortfall was $607 billion, compared to $523 billion at the same time last year.
The biggest drivers of the deficit increase were related to defense spending, Social Security, health programs and interest payments. Also of note, revenue from individual taxes is up slightly, at $1.3 trillion compared to $1.2 trillion last year, while corporate revenue is down $161 billion.
NCSL Contact: Max Behlke
Last week, the Department of Education announced the approval of California and Utah’s consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). On both states’ approval, Secretary Betsy DeVos said, “I look forward to seeing how these states utilize the flexibilities afforded in ESSA to rethink education and to improve outcomes for all students.”
To date, Florida is the only state awaiting federal approval of its proposed state plan.
NCSL Contacts: Joan Wodiska, Miranda McDonald
On July 11, the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center released a guide, “Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.” Since the April 1999 Columbine High School tragedy, the Secret Service has teamed with the Department of Education to produce various studies on school safety. The guide serves as an assessment resource to equip schools with measures to develop violence prevention plans. View the complete guide.
Also on July 11, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar II hosted the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) meeting, which focused primarily on behavioral health integration in America’s schools. A livestream of the FCSS meeting can be found here.
For more information on upcoming commission meetings, visit the FCSS website.
NCSL Contacts: Joan Wodiska, Miranda McDonald (Education) Susan Frederick, Lucia Bragg (Public Safety)
Since the establishment of the Supreme Court in 1789, presidents have submitted 162 nominations for the court. Of the 162, the Senate confirmed 125, though seven have declined to serve.
Our first president, George Washington, nominated 11 justices to the Supreme Court, the most of any president. President William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson and Jimmy Carter are the only presidents not to nominate a confirmed Supreme Court Justice.
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NCSL's Washington staff advocate Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on behalf of state legislatures in accord with the policy directives and resolutions that are recommended by the NCSL Standing Committees and adopted by the full conference at the annual NCSL Legislative Summit Business Meeting. As a result of the advocacy that is guided by these policies positions, NCSL is recognized as a formidable lobbying force in state-federal relations.