Federal Relations


March 22, 2018

House Passes Omnibus Package, Sends It to the Senate

The House passed the FY2018 omnibus spending bill at about 1 PM EDT by a vote of 256 to 167. The $1.3-trillion package now heads over to the Senate for its consideration. President Trump has indicated that he will sign it after Senate passage.

More Omnibus Details Available

On the Defense front, the omnibus package would fund DoD basic research (“6.1”) programs at a total of $2.34 billion, an increase of $114.6 million above the Administration request.  Applied research (“6.2”) programs would be funded at $5.68 billion, or $708.2 million above the request. Basic research funding breaks down in the following manner in…

Additional Details of Omnibus Package Available

More details of the FY2018 Omnibus spending package unveiled last are now available. Within the budget for the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Nursing Workforce Development programs would be funded at $249.5 million, an increase of $20 million above the final FY2017 enacted levels.  The Public Health and Preventive Medicine program would be level funded…

March 21, 2018

Text of FY2018 Omnibus Released

The House Appropriations Committee has released text of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill. The House could vote as early as Thursday on the package. The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Wednesday night to report the bill to the floor for debate and a vote. The House typically observes a three-day rule before considering any…

March 20, 2018

House to Vote Thursday on Omnibus

While the Congress has yet to introduce the long-negotiated FY2018 Omnibus appropriations bill, the House is now planning on introducing the bill late today. This sets the measure up for passage by the House on Thursday, and the Senate would move for passage Friday. Stay tuned.

Omnibus Bill Still Yet to be Unveiled

While there were hopes earlier in the day yesterday that the text of the omnibus spending for the rest of FY2018 would get released last night, ultimately, the contents of the bill were not shared yesterday.  As noted yesterday, the hurdles in the discussions have been a number of policy riders. Office of Federal Relations…

March 19, 2018

CR Set to Expire Friday Night/Saturday Morning

The short-term measure that is currently funding the majority of the government functions is set to expire Friday night/Saturday morning, when Congress is scheduled to begin a two-week spring recess. Congress is currently working on a massive omnibus spending package that would fund the government through the rest of FY2018.  To provide additional budget room for…

March 5, 2018

Senate Appropriations Chairman to Resign April 1

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced earlier this afternoon that he plans to resign from the Senate April 1.  First elected to the Senate in 1978, he has been battling health issues for a number of months. Read more about the announcement here and here.

February 12, 2018

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…

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