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May 16, 2019

White House to Unveil New Immigration Plan

In a speech later today at the White House, President Trump is expected unveil a new immigration plan, one that is expected to be opposed by those on the left and the right.  The biggest part of the proposal is a move to a “merit-based” immigration system, one that moves away from the family-based immigration…


May 10, 2019

Patrick Shanahan To Be Nominated as Defense Secretary

The White House announced yesterday that the President intends to nominate Patrick Shanahan as the next Secretary of Defense.  Shanahan, the former Boeing executive and University of Washington regent, has been serving as the acting secretary since the beginning of the year after the resignation of Jim Mattis.  While he is expected to face a…


April 30, 2019

NIH Slated for $2-billion Increase in House Bill

With their first spending bill for FY2020, the House Democrats clearly signaled that they have no interest in going along with many, if not most, of the proposed cuts from the Trump Administration, especially in the social welfare arena.  The FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill is scheduled to be marked up by the subcommittee this afternoon. The bill would…


March 22, 2019

Executive Order on Colleges and Universities Issued

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that seeks to address two allegations made against higher education:  1) colleges and universities stifle the free speech rights of conservative students and organizations; and, 2) institutions of higher education do not provide enough useful data about themselves to students and the public with respect to a host of issues,…


March 13, 2019

Additional Information About FY2020 Budget Proposal Available

Additional details about the President’s FY2020 budget requests for various agencies are becoming available.  In the bigger picture, this additional level of information is not as detailed as what we expect to see later this spring. For example, the top line USGS budget document shows that the Administration proposes to eliminate the Cooperative Research Unit program…


March 11, 2019

President’s FY2020 Budget

Today, the Administration released its FY 2020 President’s budget request (PBR) to Congress. This budget is the first step in the annual Congressional appropriations cycle. The annual PBR is a political and policy document indicative of the goals of the  Administration for the coming year. The $4.7 trillion FY 2020 budget released today would sharply reduce spending…


March 4, 2019

Senate Likely to Disapprove National Emergency Declaration

Over the weekend, a fourth Republican Senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, expressed his support for the resolution disapproving the president’s declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border.  Paul joins Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina in publicly declaring their support for the resolution.  A number…


February 26, 2019

Meanwhile, in Non-Budget Related News…

In another demonstration of how unusual the current political times are, the House is expected to take up today H. J. Res. 46, a resolution disapproving President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the Southern border.  The measure is expected to pass easily in that chamber.  The remaining question in…


February 25, 2019

And here comes the NEXT Spending Battle

Although the FY2019 spending situation has finally been resolved, another potentially protracted spending fight is already underway.  Without an agreement to lift the statutory limits on how much the government can spend during FY2020, the federal government is looking at a very steep fiscal cliff and significant automatic cuts. In 2011, House and Senate negotiators came…


February 14, 2019

Trump to Sign Spending Bill, Then Declare National Emergency

Late this afternoon, the Senate cleared by a vote of 83 to 16 the spending package that would fund the entire government for the rest of the fiscal year (the text of the conference report is available here). The Senate moved to vote on the bill even as the Members were unclear as to whether the…



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