House Passes Clean Bill to Raise Debt Ceiling

With a vote of 221-201 , the House voted to suspendthe debt limit for one year without requiring any offsets. Earlier this week, the House had floated the idea of adding military COLA pay to the measure, but ultimately that proposal and other additions were squashed. The measure narrowly passed and only passed with the help of… Read More


The Week Ahead: Debt Ceiling and Military COLAs

Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The Senate is expected to consider legislation to a repeal a cut in the cost-of-living adjustment for younger military retirees, while the House could consider debt ceiling legislation before adjourning Wednesday for a Democratic retreat. Both chamber will recess next week for the President’s Day… Read More


White House Budget to be Released in Two Installments

The White House has previously announced that they will submit their FY2015 budget proposal on March 4th, nearly a month later than required. Now we are hearing that they will release the budget request in two installments. The first on March 4th as previously announced, which will include top line numbers. The second and more… Read More


Pell Grant Shortfall Delayed to FY2017

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024. The deficit is expected to fall this year as the economy gains steam, but CBO also anticipates that increasing health care costs and higher payments on the national debt mean that those gains will not last. The deficit estimate sets… Read More


Farm Bill Conference Report Announced

After two years of negotiating, Farm bill conferees announced a sweeping, bipartisan five-year farm bill late Monday. The measure costs an estimated $1.1 trillion and is filled with trade-offs and an estimated savings of nearly $23 billion. The bulk of savings comes from cutting $19 billion from farm programs, including an end to direct payments… Read More


McMorris Rogers to Give GOP Response to the State of the Union

Washington’s Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives, will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next Tuesday. McMorris Rodgers currently serves as chairwoman of the House Republican conference, which is the fourth-ranking position in leadership. She will be the first woman to deliver… Read More


White House to Release Budget March 4th

The White House announced today that it will release the Administration’s FY 2015 budget proposal on March 4. The Administration had been waiting on Congress to finalize FY 2014 appropriations before having the Office of Management and Budget move fully ahead with the Administration’s FY2015 Budget proposal. With House and Senate finalizing FY 2014 with the… Read More


House Sends FY14 Omnibus Bill to Senate

Yesterday the House approved the $1.1 trillion FY14 omnibus spending bill that remains true to the intent of December’s budget agreement and sets a new tone for the FY15 appropriations cycle.  Adopted by 359-67, the strong bipartisan support in the House should help build momentum next in the Senate where lawmakers are racing against a… Read More


FY2014 Omnibus Released

Appropriators unveiled the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill today. This legislation will provide discretionary funding for the entire federal government for the remainder of the current fiscal year. As drafted, the omnibus package fully respects the contours set in December but adds hundreds of pages in detail, spelling out where the dollars will actually go. The… Read More


Monday Morning Spending Bill Update

Congress continues to make progress on an FY2014 spending plan, and expects to pass and send a $1.012 trillion omnibus package to the president by the end of the week. In the meantime, the House is set to take up a stopgap measure tomorrow that would run through Saturday and make no changes in current… Read More