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February 15, 2018

Immigration Stalled Again

The Senate on Thursday effectively failed to move forward with any of four immigration proposals put forward today. This included a Republican proposal backed by President Donald Trump that would grant 1.8 million “Dreamers” a path to citizenship and provide $25 billion for a border wall and security improvements. The action came on a 39-60 vote…

February 13, 2018

HHS Budget FY2019

The President’s Budget request for HHS proposes $95.4 billion in discretionary budget authority and $1,120 billion in mandatory funding while proposing to shift many mandatory programs to discretionary, including GME.  The budget would also consolidate all GME funding into one program while maintaining the site caps. Additionally, the budget proposes to cut or eliminate all…

February 12, 2018

More Information About FY2019 Budget Request

Department of Defense The Pentagon’s FY2019 budget request includes $445.9 million for the basic research (6.1) programs funded by the Army, a cut of about $41 million compared to the FY2017 level.  At the same time, the budget request asks for $919.6 million for Army applied research (6.2) programs, a decrease of about $300 million…

More Details Available from FY2019 PBR

More details from the president’s budget request (PBR) are now becoming available and Office of Federal Relations will continue to provide further information after additional analysis. Education The Administration is seeking to make short-term programs eligible for the Pell Grant program in its Department of Education (ED) PBR.  The PBR also calls for formula changes in the…

Administration’s FY 2019 Federal Budget

The President’s Budget Request (PBR) for FY2019 was released this morning. The Administration’s efforts for the coming fiscal year included a continued focus on regulatory reform and reduction and investment in infrastructure. Entitled, “Efficient, Effective, Accountable, and American Budget”, highlights of the FY2019 PBR include: increased funding for border security ($18 billion to fund the border wall…

February 9, 2018

President’s FY2019 Budget Proposal to be Released on Monday

The Trump Administration is scheduled to release its FY2019 budget request next Monday. While details are not yet available, it is expected that this year’s requests will largely follow the patterns of those from last year, meaning that additional cuts will likely be proposed.  The president’s budget request is only the start of the appropriations process, as Congress has the…

Late Night Hurdles Lead to 9-hour Shutdown; Government Now Funded Through March 23

Although there was a bipartisan agreement reached earlier this week on a two-year budget deal as part of the next short-term continuing resolution (CR), that did not mean that everyone was content.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a frequent critic of government spending, delayed the consideration of the measure on the Senate floor until after midnight,…

February 5, 2018

Another CR Being Prepared

Not surprisingly, Congress is preparing to take up another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past February 8, which is when the current CR expires. While talks continue on the different issues related to this CR– including the lifting of the budget caps and a solution to the Dreamers situation– no agreement…

February 1, 2018

Debt Ceiling and Appropriations

Late yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the Department of Treasury might make it into the first half of March before running out of cash to pay its bills, or a little later than Treasury’s latest update earlier in the day. In November, CBO had projected that the statutory debt limit would not be reached…

January 31, 2018

Trump Delivers First SOTU Speech

President Trump last night delivered his first State of the Union Speech. The speech, as prepared for delivery, is available here. During his speech, he talked about, among other issues, immigration, national security, infrastructure, and workforce development. Read more about the speech here and here.

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