Federal Relations


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…

February 9, 2018

President’s FY2019 Budget Proposal to be Released on Monday

The Trump Administration is scheduled to release its FY2019 budget request next Monday. While details are not yet available, it is expected that this year’s requests will largely follow the patterns of those from last year, meaning that additional cuts will likely be proposed.  The president’s budget request is only the start of the appropriations process, as Congress has the…

Late Night Hurdles Lead to 9-hour Shutdown; Government Now Funded Through March 23

Although there was a bipartisan agreement reached earlier this week on a two-year budget deal as part of the next short-term continuing resolution (CR), that did not mean that everyone was content.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a frequent critic of government spending, delayed the consideration of the measure on the Senate floor until after midnight,…

February 7, 2018

Two-year budget deal reached in Senate

Today, the Senate reached a far-reaching bipartisan budget agreement that would set top-line spending limits for FY2018 and FY2019, which would be added to the continuing resolution (CR) passed by the House.  The spending levels for the two years represent significant increases above what is currently allowed under the budget caps that were created in 2011. Under the agreement,…

A budget deal on the horizon before a shutdown?

As expected, the House agreed to yesterday by a vote of 245 to 182 the next short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded through March 23.  The current CR expires Friday morning at midnight.  The House-passed CR would fund the Department of Defense for the rest of the year at $30 billion over…

February 6, 2018

Next CR Unveiled

Late yesterday, the House leadership unveiled the next short-term continuing resolution (CR), which would keep the government funded through March 23.  The current CR expires Thursday evening. The next CR includes a nod to the House conservatives, as it would fund the Department of Defense at above the budget-cap levels  for the rest of the fiscal year while…

February 5, 2018

Another CR Being Prepared

Not surprisingly, Congress is preparing to take up another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past February 8, which is when the current CR expires. While talks continue on the different issues related to this CR– including the lifting of the budget caps and a solution to the Dreamers situation– no agreement…

February 1, 2018

Debt Ceiling and Appropriations

Late yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the Department of Treasury might make it into the first half of March before running out of cash to pay its bills, or a little later than Treasury’s latest update earlier in the day. In November, CBO had projected that the statutory debt limit would not be reached…

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