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September 27, 2018

But Will He Sign It?

Following the Senate’s lead from last week, the House cleared yesterday the massive spending package that combines the annual Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills by a vote of 361-61.  The Senate approved it by a vote of 93 to 7.  The bill also includes a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund through December 7 the…


September 21, 2018

First “Minibus” Expected to be Signed Today

Barring any last minute changes, the first “minibus” spending package for FY2019 is expected to get signed into law today.  The measure combines the Energy and Water, Veterans Affairs-Military Construction, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills. The Senate cleared earlier this week the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense package, which the House is expected to take up sometime…


September 18, 2018

Senate Approves Labor-HHS/Defense/CR Package

By a vote of 93 to 7, the Senate adopted earlier today a massive spending package that includes the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense appropriations bills as well as the continuing resolution that would keep funded through December 7 parts of the government that do not have their spending bills approved by October 1. The measure now…


More Action Expected on Appropriations

More action on the FY2019 appropriations front is expected today, with the Senate bringing up for the consideration the second “minibus” of spending bills, which contains the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The chamber could pass it by the end of the day today. In addition, the staff for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are…


September 17, 2018

Additional Details from Labor-HHS/ Defense Conference Report Available

Additional details from the conference report for the Labor-HHS/ Defense package that will be considered by both chambers in the near future are provided below. As noted before, NIH would receive $39.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion.  The new funding level would include $711 million designated for the agency from the 21st Century Cures…


September 14, 2018

Agreement Reached on Labor-Health-Education and Defense Package

House and Senate conferees yesterday officially agreed to a massive spending package for FY2019 that combines the two biggest annual appropriations bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The explanatory statement for the conference report is available here.  The text of the conference report is also available on-line here. The Senate could take up the $855-billion package, which…


September 6, 2018

OSTP Nominee Confirmed by Senate Committee

The scientist nominated by President Trump to head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kelvin Droegemeier, was approved yesterday by the Senate Commerce Committee.  Droegemeier, currently Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma, was tapped to head the office in August.  A severe weather scientist, he was a member of the…


September 5, 2018

Progress as Deadline on Spending Bills Approaches?

Even as most of the national media is focused on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings as Congress returns to work this week, we could see progress on the appropriations front.  The next fiscal year, FY2019, starts October 1 and none of the 12 spending bills have been signed into law so far. Although hurdles still…


August 28, 2018

Senate Agrees to Domestic-Defense Appropriations Package

As expected, the Senate adopted last Thursday an appropriations package made up of the two largest spending bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The Senate approved the $856.9-billion package by a vote of 85 to 7.  While the House cleared its version of the Defense bill, it has yet to move on Labor-HHS. Among other…


August 13, 2018

Two Biggest Spending Bills Likely to See Senate Movement

After the Senate returns from its abbreviated August recess this Wednesday, it is expected to start debate on the two biggest spending bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS Appropriations Bills. The Senate will most likely combine the two measures into a single package, which, if passed, would include a total of approximately $857 billion in total spending for…



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