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July 10, 2017

Congress Returns to Town

After its July Fourth recess, Congress returns to Washington for three weeks before leaving town for a scheduled five-week August recess. The Senate Republicans are still trying to address intra-party differences on a “repeal and replace” healthcare bill.  In the House, the Appropriations Committee continues to press forward on its versions of FY2018 spending bills even…


June 14, 2017

Keep Calm with Appropriations and Carry On

Despite having no budget resolution and discretionary spending levels, the House and Senate Appropriations committees have decided to move forward with crafting draft bills. Lawmakers of both parties and in both chambers have predicted the need for another stopgap measure to extend current funding levels when FY 2018 begins on October 1, 2017. Without any budget…


May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Recess, Health Care & Tax Reform Slowly Move, Omnibus Already?

The House and Senate are in recess to observe Memorial Day this week. Members returned to their home districts to work as efforts continue behind the scenes in DC on health care and tax reform. Health care continues to be a big unknown in the Senate. According to the most recent impact analysis released by the Congressional…


May 25, 2017

Administration’s FY2018 Budget Would Restrict F&A, Contains Salary Cap

Two provisions of note in the President’s Budget released Tuesday: Within the NIH section of the Major Savings and Reforms provision, the Budget includes an indirect cost rate for NIH grants that will be capped at 10 percent of total research. This approach would be applied to all types of grants with a rate higher than…


Tax Provisions in the FY 2018 Administation’s Budget Proposal

In an effort to set the agenda for tax reform later in the 115th Congress, the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018 does contain a number of tax provisions in various sections. The White House Budget provides few specific details about the Administration’s plans for tax reform, noting that details “will be released at…


May 23, 2017

New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018

The Administration unveiled the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget which builds on the America First or blueprint or skinny budget released in March. Similar to the previous Administration, the Trump Administration does address the sequester caps. Where the Obama Administation repeatedly proposed scaling back the spending caps on both military and domestic spending, Trump would relieve…


May 15, 2017

They’re Back (tho’ the Senate Never Left)

DC typically has a strong law enforcement presence, and now, officers are everywhere on the Hill today because it’s National Police Week and the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is today on the West Front of the Capitol. The Senate continues to consider nominations. Up first, Jeffrey Rosen is Trump’s pick to be Deputy Secretary of…


May 12, 2017

FY2018 President’s Budget Proposal Expected Tues, 5/23

The full President’s Budget Proposal for FY 2018 is expected to be released on Tuesday, May 23. Earlier this year, the Administration released the  America First “skinny” budget proposal as well as supplemental appropriations request for FY 2017. Earlier this month, Congress passed the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations measure, which completed the FY 2017 appropriations cycle. The…


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…



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