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December 8, 2017

Shutdown Averted… For Now

Both chambers of Congress cleared yesterday another short-term spending package that would keep the government funded through December 22.  The old spending agreement ends at midnight Saturday. Although the government remains funded for another two weeks, there still is no agreement on many of the unresolved issues that will need to be addressed before a final package…

December 7, 2017

House Considering Two-Week Spending Extension

The House is currently debating a measure to keep the federal government open for another two weeks. The current short-term package expires after tomorrow and another extension is needed by then to prevent large parts of the government from shutting down. The two-week extension, through December 22, would buy negotiators additional time to reach an agreement…

December 4, 2017

Another Short-term Funding Measure Unveiled

On Saturday, the House leadership unveiled a short-term spending bill that would keep the government funded through December 22. Because none of the 12 annual spending bills have been signed into law for FY2018, which started October 1, a continuing resolution (CR) was needed to keep the government open at current levels until negotiations over funding could…

November 27, 2017

Congress Returns to Face a Full Plate

Both chambers of Congress return to DC this week after their Thanksgiving recess last week and face a long “to-do” list. The Senate is currently expected to bring up its version of a tax bill this week and there is still uncertainty about its fate.  President Trump and the Congressional Republicans have set out the…

October 30, 2017

This Week: CHIP and Taxes

The House and Senate are back this today for what will be the long slog until Thanksgiving. There’s a ton of to-do items on the agenda, including tax reform, raising the debt ceiling, FY 2018 appropriations, the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and the list goes on. The focus for the House this week…

October 12, 2017

House Passes Emergency Spending

Today, the House voted overwhelmingly to provide $36.5 billion in disaster relief for victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires, as well as emergency credit to help Puerto Rico keep its government functioning. The spending bill, known as a supplemental appropriations measure, now moves to the Senate for consideration next week.

October 10, 2017

More Disaster Relief; Tax Reform Slowly, Slowly

It’s getting expensive to deal with disaster relief. Going first, the House is scheduled to vote this week on the second installment of hurricane relief aid. While the Trump administration requested $29.3 billion, lawmakers have been busy trying to add to the total. Texas lawmakers want an extra $18.7 billion for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which…

September 29, 2017

One Federal Fiscal Year Ends, Another One Begins

Federal FY2017 comes to a close Saturday night, September 30. To prevent the government from shutting down Sunday morning at the start of FY2018, Congress passed and the President signed into law earlier this month a short-term funding measure that would keep the federal government funded through the first week of December essentially at FY2017…

September 8, 2017

Hurricane-Debt Ceiling-Short-Term Spending Package Expected to be Cleared

In a surprising development earlier this week, President Trump struck a deal with the Democratic leadership in Congress to link measures that would increase the debt ceiling and keep the government funded on a temporary basis to a hurricane-relief bill.  The move caught Congressional Republicans off guard, who had earlier expressed opposition to tying the…

September 6, 2017

Deal Reached on Short-Term Debt, Spending, and Hurricane Package?

It appears that President Trump has sided with the Democrats on a legislative package that would deal with the quickly approaching deadlines to pass annual spending bills and increase the debt ceiling.  The Democratic leadership in Congress had proposed to the White House a short-term spending bill and a short-term debt limit increase, both until December 15,…

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