Federal Relations

September 21, 2018

First “Minibus” Signed Into Law

As expected, President Trump signed into law earlier today the first “minibus” appropriations package for FY2019, a measure that combines the Energy and Water, Veterans Affairs-Military Construction, and Legislative Brach Appropriations Bills. Congress and the White House must still agree on nine more bills for FY2019.


First “Minibus” Expected to be Signed Today

Barring any last minute changes, the first “minibus” spending package for FY2019 is expected to get signed into law today.  The measure combines the Energy and Water, Veterans Affairs-Military Construction, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. The Senate cleared earlier this week the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense package, which the House is expected to take up sometime…


September 18, 2018

Senate Approves Labor-HHS/Defense/CR Package

By a vote of 93 to 7, the Senate adopted earlier today a massive spending package that includes the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense appropriations bills as well as the continuing resolution that would keep funded through December 7 parts of the government that do not have their spending bills approved by October 1. The measure now…


More Action Expected on Appropriations

More action on the FY2019 appropriations front is expected today, with the Senate bringing up for the consideration the second “minibus” of spending bills, which contains the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The chamber could pass it by the end of the day today. In addition, the staff for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are…


September 17, 2018

Additional Details from Labor-HHS/ Defense Conference Report Available

Additional details from the conference report for the Labor-HHS/ Defense package that will be considered by both chambers in the near future are provided below. As noted before, NIH would receive $39.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion.  The new funding level would include $711 million designated for the agency from the 21st Century Cures…


September 14, 2018

“Minibus” Includes Defense Spending

As noted earlier, the text of the conference agreement on the Labor-HHS-Education/ Defense “minibus” is available here and the explanatory statement is available here. With respect to defense research programs, the conference agreement would fund them in the following manner: Basic Research (“6.1” programs) Army:  $506.9 million Navy:  $679.9 million Air Force:  $561.4 million Defense-wide:  $781.4 million…


Agreement Reached on Labor-Health-Education and Defense Package

House and Senate conferees yesterday officially agreed to a massive spending package for FY2019 that combines the two biggest annual appropriations bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The explanatory statement for the conference report is available here.  The text of the conference report is also available on-line here. The Senate could take up the $855-billion package, which…


September 13, 2018

First FY2019 Spending Bills Ready for Enactment

The House has passed the conference report for the first set of FY2019 appropriations bills– Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs– by a vote of 377 to 20.  The Senate approved the measure yesterday.  The legislative package is now ready for the president’s signature.


First CR to Last Through Dec. 7

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) said today that the first continuing resolution (CR) will last through December 7 and that it will be attached to the conference report for the Labor-HHS and Defense spending bills currently being drafted by House and Senate negotiators.  A CR will be needed for programs and agencies not funded by…


First Spending Bills to be Cleared by Friday?

The conference report for the package that contains the first three appropriations bills of FY2019– Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs– was quickly adopted by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 92 to 5.  An agreement between the House and Senate negotiators was reached on it earlier this week. The House is scheduled…


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