Federal Relations

115th Congress


November 13, 2018

Congress Reconvenes This Week

With a number of races still yet to be called, Congress reconvenes this week to try to wrap up unfinished business as well as vote on a number of leadership positions for next Congress.  In addition, the newly elected members arrive in town this week to begin their official orientation program, which is expected to…


October 12, 2018

Congress Now in Recess

Both chambers of Congress are now in recess.  Congress is scheduled to return after the elections in November to address a number of unresolved issues, including passing the remaining seven FY2019 appropriations bills.


October 1, 2018

He Did Sign It

Questions about whether he would actually shut down parts of the federal government were finally answered as President Trump signed on Friday the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending package that contained the continuing resolution that would  keep the other parts of the government funded through December 7. The new fiscal year, FY2019, starts today and there were…


September 28, 2018

No Deal on Spending Bills 6 – 9

The House and Senate appropriators negotiating on a four-bill spending package conceded yesterday that they will need to revisit the issue after the election.  This means that the programs and agencies funded by those four bills– Interior, Agriculture, Transportation and Housing, and financial services– will need to remain on autopilot, assuming that the president signs…


September 27, 2018

But Will He Sign It?

Following the Senate’s lead from last week, the House cleared yesterday the massive spending package that combines the annual Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills by a vote of 361-61.  The Senate approved it by a vote of 93 to 7.  The bill also includes a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund through December 7 the…


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…



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