Federal Relations

June 29, 2015

Fourth of July Recess

Both the House and Senate are in using the Fourth of July as a district work period. Congress will return Monday, July 6th to continue working on the FY16 Appropriations process! Happy Fourth of July!

June 25, 2015

OMB Writes Letter of Concern about Senate FY16 CJS

The White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan has issued another letter on the FY16 appropriations proposal currently working their way though Congress. Today, Director Donovan’s letter was addressed to the Senate and expressed concern over the Senate’s FY16 CJS spending bill.  The letter outlines concerns about underfunding the important investments in a

What We’re Reading This Week, June 22-26

Here is a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. OPM, Oh, No! – In the wake of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach and less than stellar performance (more disastrous and painful to watch) OPM performance at last week’s House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about the breach

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY16 Labor-H

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed it’s FY16 Labor-H bill by a vote of 16-14. The Senate draft would cut spending from the 2015 enacted level by almost $4 billion to $153 billion and is $14.5 billion below President Barack Obama’s request. The bill would eliminate funding for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the 2010 health

June 24, 2015

House Committee Passes FY16 Labor-H

The House Appropriations Committee passed it’s FY16 Labor-H bill by a vote of 30-21. The passage came after hours of debate during which Democrats bitterly criticized funding levels for domestic discretionary accounts and saw a series of their amendments defeated. The bill is $3.7 billion below fiscal 2015 enacted levels and $14.6 billion below President Barack Obama’s

White House Issues Veto Threat on House’s FY16 House Interior and OMB Letter on FY16 Labor-H Appropriations Bill

As discussed yesterday, the House’s FY16 Interior appropriations bill contained significant cuts and policy riders which would be of serious concern to the White House. Accordingly, the White House has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) about the House’s draft bill, which includes a veto threat. Additionally, the OMB Director Donovan wrote a letter on the House’s

June 23, 2015

House to Consider FY16 Interior Bill

The House is expected to consider their FY16 Interior-Enviornment Appropriations bill for the bulk of this week. The $30.2 billion Interior-Environment spending bill will take center stage as the House is scheduled to consider the controversial measure on the Floor, possibly for long hours with many amendments. The typically contentions bill is particularly so this year

Senate Subcommittee Passes FY16 Labor-H

The Senate Appropriations Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Labor Subcommittee considered and passed their FY16 Labor-H bill today. While the Senate version has a higher discretionary amount than the House version, which will need to be worked out in conference. Education Funding The Committee bill provides funding to increase the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,775

More Details on House FY16 Labor-H

The House Appropriations Committee posted the committee report to their FY16 Labor, HHS, and Education (Labor-H) appropriations bill today giving additional insight to the legislation passed earlier last week. The bill provides a new maximum Pell award of $5,915 but discretionary funding is down $370 million. They take this money from the current surplus. The committee report states (page 133):

June 22, 2015

This Week in Congress, June 22-26

TUESDAY, JUNE 23 Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION 3 p.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup Senate Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: TRANSPORTATION-HUD 10 a.m., 138 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup   WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 House Appropriations FISCAL 2016 APPROPRIATIONS: LABOR-HHS-EDUCATION 10:15 a.m., 2359 Rayburn Bldg. Full Committee Markup   THURSDAY, JUNE 25 House Foreign Affairs CHINA

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