Federal Relations


September 19, 2016

Long Weekend Negotiating for Unclear Week Ahead

Negotiations to craft a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) continued throughout the weekend as Congressional Leadership worked to nail down an agreement ahead of a Monday night procedural vote in the Senate. At 5:30 pm tonight, the Senate is scheduled to take a procedural vote, a cloture vote, intended to move forward with the package. It should…

September 9, 2016

Hiccup with a CR

Writing a stopgap spending measure, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to avoid a government shutdown on October 1st, just got a bit harder than lawmakers anticipated. Typically, CRs extend current funding levels into the new fiscal year for a short duration. Unfortunately, there’s a hitch this time. If current FY2016 funding is simply extended, it…

September 6, 2016

They’re BACK!!!!

After seven weeks of recess, the House and Senate are back to work today.  Congressional lawmakers now have approximately 17 legislative days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year (FY 2017) begins on October 1. As we saw last year (a non-election year), coming to an agreement on how to allocate…

August 23, 2016

OMB Updated Sequestration Report

This week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) released a report regarding enforcement of the discretionary spending caps for both 2016 and 2017 as contained in the Sequester. The OMB must issue a final sequestration report after the Congress adjourns and to date, no 2017 appropriations bills have been enacted into law and, therefore, no  changes are…

May 16, 2016

House Starts Moving Appropriations Bills

House Leadership is bringing its first FY2017 appropriations bill to the Floor this week with the FY2017 Military Construction (Mil-Con) appropriations bill. Since the House failed to pass a FY2017 Budget resolution before the April 15th statutory deadline, House Appropriators have been required to wait until May 15th to begin to bring funding measures forward.  The House…

April 18, 2016

Senate Moves Forward on Budget

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) filed a budget motion in the Senate today to establish discretionary spending topline numbers, known as 302(b)s for FY2017. The move allows appropriations work to begin in earnest as the Seante prepares to take up its Energy-Water measure (S 2804) this week. Enzi set the budget limits at $551 billion…

Busy Week for Appropriators

House and Senate Appropriations committees show no signs of slowing down as both committees announced their intended  schedules for the week. The Senate Appropriations Committee has announced subcommittee and full committee markup of FY 2017 Commerce, Science and Justice Appropriations bill, which funds federal research agencies including the National Science Foundation and NASA. Also hearings have been…

April 11, 2016

FY2017 Budget and Appropriations Status

Congressional leaders have not yet determined topline budget numbers for FY2017 even though Congress is supposed to pass a budget by April 15th under the Congressional Budget Act in order to begin the annual spending process. And it does not appear that House leadership has any plan ahead for passing a budget by Friday’s deadline….

March 22, 2016

House Budget Crunch, Appropriators Roll On

Originally, House Republicans had planned this short work week as one to adopt the FY 2017 budget blueprint passed by the House Budget Committee last week. Passing a FY 2017 budget, despite the two year budget agreement reached last year, was to reinforce the Republican base and broadly that Republicans can rise above and lead in Washington….

March 16, 2016

House Budget Rolls On

The House Budget Committee released their FY 2017 budget resolution Tuesday to win support from dissident conservatives through a combination of assumed cuts in mandatory spending programs and new budget rules. The House Budget outlines the Congressional tax and spending framework, which does not go to the president and does not become a law. The purpose of…

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