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November 28, 2016

They’re BACK & 21st Century Cures to be Considered by the House

Congress is back today for the remainder of its lame-duck session. While both the House and Senate are slated to be in session until December 16, Republicans appear content to run out the clock until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20, which could make for a much shorter and less eventful lame…


November 17, 2016

Congress Goes for a Short-Term CR

House and Senate Leadership have decided to forego the Omnibus or minibus appropriations for FY 2017 and pass a short-term CR. The CR will last until March 31, 2017.  The CR will be crafted to maintain the current rate of funding. More details will be reported when more is known. Read the House Appropriations Committee…


November 10, 2016

Lame Duck Priorities

Congress is scheduled to return next week for a Lame Duck session of Congress and many items still remain on the 2016 agenda before Trump takes office, including wrapping up the 11 remaining FY 2017 spending bills and a 21st Century Cures bill that both Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan said was a priority for passage…


September 29, 2016

Obama Signs CR, Everyone Now Focuses on Campaigning

Today, President Obama signed the much debated and negotiated continuing resolution into law. The CR will fund the government until December 9th and will fully fund the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs programs. It further includes $1.1 billion in Zika response funding, $500 million for flood relief in Louisiana and other states. The CR was…


September 28, 2016

Late Votes, Last Minute Save

With almost two days to spare, the House passed a 10-week stopgap spending bill, passed by the Senate earlier today, that would prevent a government shutdown at the end of this week. The measure passed the House by a vote of 342-85. As previously mentioned, the measure generally provides continued funding for federal government operations through December 9 at…


White House Announces Support for CR

Following the Senate’s passage of the CR, the White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) in support of the CR. While the SAP does express concerns and desires for what is or should have been included, the White House does express support for the overall legislation. Read the SAP here. 


Senate Passes 10-Week Continuing Resolution

Today the Senate passed a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through December 9. In addition, the CR also provides $500 million for flood relief in Louisiana and surrounding areas, year-long appropriations for military construction and veterans programs, and $1.1 billion for efforts to mediate the spread of the Zika virus. The…


Count Down to Shut Down: New Strategy

Senate leaders have been locked in partisan combat for days over whether a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running past Friday should include disaster aid at all. Senate Republicans included $500 million for flood victims in Louisiana and other water-drenched states, where thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged. Democrats, however, have…


September 27, 2016

Shut Down Looms, Senate Fails to Get Cloture

This afternoon, the Senate failed to get the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture, or limit debate, on the expected legislative vehicle for a 10-week continuing resolution (CR). The measure funds the government until December 9th as well as includes emergency spending to combat the Zika virus; $500 million in flood relief for Louisiana and…


September 22, 2016

Senate GOP Releases CR

After scheduling but not voting to debate the Continuing Resolution (CR) measure on Tuesday, the Senate Republicans finally unveiled the measure today and voted to proceed today.  In a bit of political maneuvering, the Senate just adopted by voice vote the motion to proceed and consider the underlying vehicle for the nine week CR (HR…



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