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July 14, 2017

Appropriations Process Trying to Move Forward?

The 12 individuals appropriations bills for FY2018 in the House have all now been cleared by their respective subcommittees and six have been approved by the full Appropriations Committee.  Meanwhile, one bill has seen action on the other side of the Capitol. While this may signal some movement on this front, the total amount of…

July 10, 2017

Congress Returns to Town

After its July Fourth recess, Congress returns to Washington for three weeks before leaving town for a scheduled five-week August recess. The Senate Republicans are still trying to address intra-party differences on a “repeal and replace” healthcare bill.  In the House, the Appropriations Committee continues to press forward on its versions of FY2018 spending bills even…

June 14, 2017

Keep Calm with Appropriations and Carry On

Despite having no budget resolution and discretionary spending levels, the House and Senate Appropriations committees have decided to move forward with crafting draft bills. Lawmakers of both parties and in both chambers have predicted the need for another stopgap measure to extend current funding levels when FY 2018 begins on October 1, 2017. Without any budget…

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Recess, Health Care & Tax Reform Slowly Move, Omnibus Already?

The House and Senate are in recess to observe Memorial Day this week. Members returned to their home districts to work as efforts continue behind the scenes in DC on health care and tax reform. Health care continues to be a big unknown in the Senate. According to the most recent impact analysis released by the Congressional…

May 15, 2017

They’re Back (tho’ the Senate Never Left)

DC typically has a strong law enforcement presence, and now, officers are everywhere on the Hill today because it’s National Police Week and the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is today on the West Front of the Capitol. The Senate continues to consider nominations. Up first, Jeffrey Rosen is Trump’s pick to be Deputy Secretary of…

May 12, 2017

FY2018 President’s Budget Proposal Expected Tues, 5/23

The full President’s Budget Proposal for FY 2018 is expected to be released on Tuesday, May 23. Earlier this year, the Administration released the  America First “skinny” budget proposal as well as supplemental appropriations request for FY 2017. Earlier this month, Congress passed the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations measure, which completed the FY 2017 appropriations cycle. The…

May 8, 2017

House Out, Senate Still Working

The House is out for a pre-scheduled recess this week — and likely to do a victory lap about passing the AHCA last week — while the Senate continues to move through nominations, Russian investigations, and maybe health care reform. Also last week, FY 2017 funding is finally secured, and Congress is beginning to take stock of…

May 5, 2017

Spending Bill Officially Signed Into Law

The FY2017 omnibus appropriations package that was passed by both chambers earlier this week was officially signed into law by President Trump earlier today. His signature officially wraps up the FY2017 appropriations process, enabling the Congress and the Administration to now focus on FY2018, which starts October 1.

May 4, 2017

Senate Clears Omnibus

The Senate passed H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill today which will fund the government through Sept. 30. The $1.07 trillion legislation now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The Senate tally was 79-18 . The omnibus legislation includes the 11 unfinished appropriations bills and intelligence authorization legislation, as well as funding for retired…

May 3, 2017

House Passes Omnibus, Senate Next

The House just passed a sweeping FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill (H.R.244) to fund the government through Sept. 30. The House is sending the $1.07 trillion spending package over to the Senate for a vote later this week, likely Friday. The House vote was 309-118. The lengthy legislation comprises 11 unfinished appropriations bills, along with an intelligence authorization bill…

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