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February 27, 2017

Administration Budget Proposal to Call for Increase in Defense, Cuts to Domestic Programs

The Trump White House will send today to the federal agencies its draft FY2018 budget proposal that will seek increases for defense and veterans’ programs while looking to cut domestic programs. The proposal being shared with the agencies today will only address the discretionary programs — those that must be funded through the annual appropriations process—and…


February 21, 2017

Trump Aims to Release FY18 Budget Outline in Mid-March

The Trump Administration is aiming to release its FY 2018 budget outline on March 14, an unnamed White House official told CQ over the weekend. The budget outline is not expected to be a comprehensive budget, but instead a “skinny” skeleton of what the Administration intends the full budget to look like. Some are expressing…


February 16, 2017

Gorsuch’s Confirmation Process Starts March 20

Senate confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch have been scheduled to begin March 20. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing is expected to last three to four days. Questioning of the Judge Gorsuch will begin on March 21. Senators will hear testimony from outside experts as well as the nominee.


February 6, 2017

More Cabinet Posts, FY 2018 Budget Update

It will continue to be a busy week for the House and Senate. Today, the Senate will continue to work on confirmations as four Cabinet positions – Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of HHS, and Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of Treasury  – are up for full Senate consideration this…


February 1, 2017

Pentagon to Revise FY2017 Budget Request

The Department of Defense is preparing changes to its budget request for this current fiscal year (FY2017). In a memo, Secretary Mattis states that the department will seek changes to its original request, to address shortfalls in warfighting readiness and the accelerated campaign against ISIS. The new request will lead to a higher overall request…


December 10, 2016

CR Passes, Happy Holidays!

In a late Friday night vote, the Senate passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through April 28, 2017 by a vote of 62-34. The House passed the measure earlier in the week, and with the Senate’s passage, a government shutdown has been averted. There was much uncertainty thrown into the CR at…


December 7, 2016

CR Released, Should Pass This Week

The continuing resolution (CR) was released late last night. The text of the legislation is here. The big news is that the CR will fund the federal government through April 28, 2017. The legislation maintains the current budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place under the Budget Control Act of 2011, which results…


December 6, 2016

CR to be Unveiled Today

The House Leadership has announce that it will release the long-anticipated and negotiated continuing resolution (CR) today. The CR is not expected to have many anomalies and should be level funding from FY 2016 levels.  While there has been much negotiation between an end date in March 2017 or an end date in May 2017,…


December 5, 2016

Home for the Holidays?

The plan is for Congress to finish all its work for the year this week, with a stopgap spending measure to fund the government through next Spring. When in Spring? That’s still a very good question.  The House Republicans held a conference meeting on Friday that did not resolve how long the stopgap should last or precisely…


November 29, 2016

No Additional Funding for NIH in CR

Senate Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) has said today that the CR will not include the $2b bump to NIH that was included in the Senate bill. The CR, in whatever duration, should contain level funding of $32.084b or FY 2016 levels. There has been a research and health community effort to increase funding for…



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