CFGI Mentioned – “The 115th Congress is Off and Running!”


“The 115th Congress officially convened on January 3, hitting the ground running on what is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious workplace legislative agendas in decades. Welcoming 60 new members, this Congress boasts the most racially diverse freshman class in history. Republicans retain control of both chambers on Capitol Hill, holding majorities of 241 to 194 in the House of Representatives and 52 to 48 in the Senate.  Below is a quick recap of what has transpired since January 3.  

“On its first day of business, the GOP caucus of the House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously to re-elect Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to another term as Speaker. (Ryan received 239 of the 241 possible Republican votes).  SHRM and its affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration sent a congratulatory letter to Speaker Ryan and urged that the 115th Congress consider public policy options that will create an innovative, fair, and competitive 21st century workforce. 

“Once Congress settled in, the first major order of legislative business conducted included consideration and passage of the fiscal 2017 budget resolution (S Con Res 3)….Ultimately, the Senate chamber passed the budget resolution on Thursday, January 12 by a vote of 51 to 48. Following the Senate's vote, the House Chamber voted on Friday, January 13 by a vote of 227 to 198 to pass the resolution.

“…Following President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, House GOP leaders will meet in Philadelphia for their retreat to discuss legislative priorities for the year…

“…As with the start of every new Congress and administration, SHRM looks forward to working with incoming President-elect Donald Trump, members of his administration and the 115th Congress in advancing the interests of the HR community and effective workplace policies. Stay tuned for continuous updates and developments on legislative and regulatory proposals of relevance to the HR profession.”

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