Federal Relations


October 27, 2015

Congress and White House Agree on Budget Deal

Late yesterday, a potential budget agreement between the White House and Congress was released. It would boost both defense and domestic spending over the budget caps for the next two years, and lift the nation’s debt limit through March 2017. If the deal holds, it would eliminate the dual threats of a government shutdown and…

October 23, 2015

Debt Ceiling Plan Alludes House GOP

The U.S. government is 12 calendar days – or 7 scheduled congressional work days – from reaching the debt limit without a clear plan of what to do. GOP leaders are so far refusing to advance a ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill that both President Obama and Democrats would support. The problem there is that the GOP…

October 2, 2015

New Debt Limit Deadline: November 5th

Congress will need to address the debt limit by November 5th or risk a default on the nation’s debt. The deadline is the first the Obama administration has set for raising the $18.1 trillion debt limit, and comes in somewhat earlier than what most experts had predicted. The federal government reached its borrowing limit in…

October 1, 2015

Welcome to the New Fiscal Year!

With the passage of a continuing resolution late last night, the federal government is open for business on this first day of FY2016! The threat of shutdown diminished greatly last Friday when House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced his retirement effective October 30, 2015. The CR will fund federal through December 11 and includes $1.017…

September 29, 2015

Senate Advances Clean CR

On Monday, the Senate took the first step toward approving a continuing resolution (CR) to fund federal government through December 11, 2015. They will take a final vote on the measure on Wednesday – the last day of the current fiscal year – and then send it to the House for consideration at before current…

September 24, 2015

Move to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails in Senate

Senate Democrats and a eight Republicans blocked a proposal that a constituted a continuing resolution that would run through December 11 and prohibit for one year federal funding for Planned Parenthood or its affiliates unless they certify that they will not perform or fund abortions during that period. The Senate rejected, 47-52, the motion to invoke cloture on…

September 22, 2015

Continuing Resolution Released

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) just released the text of a short-term continuing resolution. Immediately following that announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered that CR as a substitute amendment to H.J.Res.61 and filed cloture on the amendment. That cloture vote is expected to occur Thursday afternoon at a time to be determined….

September 14, 2015

September Budget Deal Looks Unlikely

Congressional leaders have given no indication they are in active negotiations on a long-term budget deal that would avert another round of sequestration. And there is little time left in the federal fiscal year to begin and conclude this type of deal with only eight scheduled legislative days between now and October 1st. And between…

September 8, 2015

Welcome Back Congress!

Congress is back from a five-week summer break and faces a tough fall agenda and unclear pathway for must-do bills that would keep the government from shutting down and defaulting on its debts later this year. The first test will come quickly with lawmakers needing to clear stopgap spending legislation (continuing resolution) to keep agencies…

July 27, 2015

Appropriations Process Stalled

Congress is beginning to wrap up their work in preparation for their August break. Later this week, House members are expected to leave until after Labor Day. The Senate is scheduled to be in session next week, but they could decide to wrap up sooner. Regardless, lawmakers will be leaving DC with no real movement…

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