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May 8, 2017

House Out, Senate Still Working

The House is out for a pre-scheduled recess this week — and likely to do a victory lap about passing the AHCA last week — while the Senate continues to move through nominations, Russian investigations, and maybe health care reform. Also last week, FY 2017 funding is finally secured, and Congress is beginning to take stock of…


May 1, 2017

FY 2017 Omnibus Released

At 2 am last night, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2017 Omnibus, which  comprises the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills, providing fresh spending instructions for nearly every corner of the federal government and formally appropriates more than $1 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2017, in keeping with the spending limits agreed…


April 27, 2017

Another Short-Term Funding Measure Unveiled

In order to buy more time for the two parties, the two chambers, and Congress and the White House to negotiate with each other on a spending package for the remainder of FY2017, Congressional leaders have unveiled a short-term measure that would keep the government funded for another week. Without an extension, the current funding…


April 10, 2017

Two Weeks of Recess

As Congress begins a two-week recess for Easter and Passover, the countdown clock begins toward a potential government shutdown. Lawmakers left town last Friday insisting there would be no government shutdown when the current stopgap measure funding the government expires on April 28. For several weeks, House and Senate appropriators have been slowly negotiating a…


March 16, 2017

America First Budget Released

The Trump Administration released its first budget, called the American First Budget this morning. Coming in at 62 pages total, the “America First” budget blueprint is what is known as a “skinny budget” is somewhat scant on details. The budget’s main theme is doing more with less by eliminating “nonfunctioning” or duplicative programs and wasteful spending; streamlining federal…


Trump Requests Additional Funding for FY2017

Today, the Administration sent a supplemental appropriations request to Congress asking for an additional $30 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and an additional $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for…


March 15, 2017

Health Care Keeps Moving, Senate Moves on Confirmations

The House will keep moving on health care reform as the Capitol recovers from snow Monday night. While GOP leaders quickly dismissed the CBO’s report on the replacement bill released late Monday as either incomplete or inaccurate, Democrats held the report as evidence that repeal the law should be stopped. The House appears to be moving…


March 13, 2017

CBO Score on ACA Repeal Out

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that 14 million people will lose coverage by 2018 under the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill. 24 million would lose coverage by 2026. Read the report here. 


March 8, 2017

House Committees Mark Up ACA Repeal

Mark up for both the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) and House Ways and Means (W&M) committees will happen this morning beginning at 10:30 am. Both committees will consider the bills until they’re done and each committee is expecting around 100 amendments per committee. Highlights of the bill are below .  Watch the W&M hearing here. …


February 28, 2017

Trump to Address Congress Tonight, Senate Approves Ross, and Zinke Up

Last night, the Senate confirmed another Cabinet nominee for Trump as it voted 72-27 to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary. Ross is a 79-year-old businessman who made his fortune by turning around companies in distressed industries like textiles and steel and is expected to play a leading role in trade policy. The Senate now…



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