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May 1, 2017

FY 2017 Omnibus Released

At 2 am last night, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2017 Omnibus, which  comprises the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills, providing fresh spending instructions for nearly every corner of the federal government and formally appropriates more than $1 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2017, in keeping with the spending limits agreed…


April 28, 2017

House Scraps ACA Vote, House and Senate Pass One Week CR

Late last night, House Republican leadership decided to forego a vote on the ACA amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur circulated earlier this week. MacArthur, who is the leader of the moderate Republican Tuesday Group, would shift how individuals with preexisting conditions are insured to the states. The amendment won the support of the conservative House…


April 27, 2017

Another Short-Term Funding Measure Unveiled

In order to buy more time for the two parties, the two chambers, and Congress and the White House to negotiate with each other on a spending package for the remainder of FY2017, Congressional leaders have unveiled a short-term measure that would keep the government funded for another week. Without an extension, the current funding…


April 26, 2017

White House Rolls Back Shutdown Demands on Border Wall, Okays Subsidies

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and Hill look closer to a deal as the Trump Administration has backed down on demands for a downpayment on the border wall in FY 2017. The decision by Trump to postpone a battle over wall funding until the fall, if necessary, came as a victory for Democrats who…


April 24, 2017

Shut Down Show Down?

Congress is back this week after a two week Passover/Easter Recess, and the first order of business is reaching some agreement to keep the government open beyond 12:01 am Saturday morning. Tensions over funding have risen during the recess as the Administration has begun a hard push for more defense money and a significant amount ($1.4…


April 12, 2017

OMB Director Mulvaney Pushing for Sanctuary City Language in FY2017

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney is pushing House lawmakers to include language in the FY2017 omnibus appropriations bill to restrict federal funding grants for cities that do not enforce federal immigration policies. The goal is to bring the House Freedom Caucus on board with a government funding bill. Such a provision, known as a rider, would put…


April 10, 2017

Two Weeks of Recess

As Congress begins a two-week recess for Easter and Passover, the countdown clock begins toward a potential government shutdown. Lawmakers left town last Friday insisting there would be no government shutdown when the current stopgap measure funding the government expires on April 28. For several weeks, House and Senate appropriators have been slowly negotiating a…


March 16, 2017

Trump Requests Additional Funding for FY2017

Today, the Administration sent a supplemental appropriations request to Congress asking for an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for…


March 15, 2017

Health Care Keeps Moving, Senate Moves on Confirmations

The House will keep moving on health care reform as the Capitol recovers from snow Monday night. While GOP leaders quickly dismissed the CBO’s report on the replacement bill released late Monday as either incomplete or inaccurate, Democrats held the report as evidence that repeal the law should be stopped. The House appears to be moving…


March 8, 2017

House Passes FY2017 DOD Approps Bill

Today, the House voted 371 to 48 to pass HR 1301, the FY2017 Defense Department spending measure. The legislation replaces the continuing resolution  for the Pentagon and falls well within the budget control law’s caps on overall defense spending with a total of $577.9 billion. That is is below the sequester levels may allow it to…



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