Federal Relations

January 29, 2015

President to Propose an End to Sequestration

President Obama will advocate for an end to sequestration by proposing equal budget increases in both defense and non-defense discretionary spending in his FY2016 budget to be released on Monday. Obama is giving a ‘sneak peak’ of his budget to House Democrats at their  retreat in Philadelphia today. According to a White House source, the

January 20, 2015

State of The Union

Tonight at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific, President Obama is scheduled to give his 6th State of the Union address to Congress. The White House has been previewing certain initiatives, such as two years of free community college and paid sick leave, in advance of the speech tonight. Tonight, however, the crux of his speech is

January 6, 2015

Welcome 114th Congress! Oh, and it’s Snowing!

The 114th Congress convenes today under a blanket of snow in Washington, DC. While the snow is expected to taper off by midday, disagreements over budget priorities that have stymied Congress in recent years won’t go away so soon and are likely to lead to the first vetoes of appropriations bills in nearly a decade.

December 12, 2014

‘Cromnibus’ Advances to the Senate

The House yesterday approved the FY2015 ‘cromnibus’ bill funding all areas of federal government through September 30, 2015 except for Homeland Security, which is subject to a continuing resolution (CR) through February 2, 2015. The House vote as close – 219 to 206 – and delayed several hours as GOP leaders worked their members to

November 17, 2014

Appropriations Update: Shutdown Possible?

Congress returns to the Capitol today to begin a long week of work before the Thanksgiving break. There are roughly 11 working days before the next continuing resolution (CR) runs out on December 11th so Congress continues to consider their options for completing FY 2015 appropriations. House and Senate Republican leaders keep insisting they don’t

September 18, 2014

Final Action on CR Today

Yesterday, the House approved a $1 trillion continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through December 11, 2014. The 21-page CR would fund the government at an annual rate of $1.012 trillion. The 319-108 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which is also expected to approve the measure. The Senate will start considering

September 16, 2014

FY 2015 CR to Advance this Week

The House is expected to vote on Wednesday or Thursday on the FY 2015 Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep federal government funded through December 11th. The Senate hopes to follow that with a vote by the end of the week. This will allow members to vacate the Capitol until after the November elections. But first

September 11, 2014

Action Delayed on FY 2015 CR

The House has postponed consideration of their FY 2015 continuing resolution (CR) to give members more time to review a White House request to arm Syrian rebels. It appears that they will not take action on the CR until next Wednesday, which could push the final action on the spending measure right up to the

September 10, 2014

FY 2015 Continuing Resolution Released

Last night, the House of Representatives released their version of the FY2015 Continuing Resolution to fund federal government through December 11, 2014. The CR would fund the government at its current rate of $1.012 trillion annually with only a few changes in spending. Those changes include the Administration’s $88 million request to fight the Ebola

September 8, 2014

Congress back to work but only for two weeks

Congress returns to the Capitol today after a month-long recess period. The top order of business this month is passing a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown on October 1st – and they have as little as two weeks in the current work schedule to get that done. House Republican leadership wants to

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