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January 9, 2017

Vote-a-rama

It’s budget week on the Senate side (as well as confirmation week). The Senate is expected to start their all nighter on Wednesday. The Senate Democrats have vowed to take up all the debate time allotted (and more). The bare-bones budget resolution, S.Con.Res. 3, released last week includes instructions to relevant committees to draft legislation aimed at repealing…


January 6, 2017

Nomination Schedule

Politico has an excellent overview of the coming nominees for the incoming Administration’s cabinet positions. Week of Jan. 9 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  Nominee: Ben Carson Background: Retired neurosurgeon, former GOP primary rival Committee: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Confirmation Hearings: Sen. Mike Crapo is planning to hold a hearing next week…


December 14, 2016

Two Budgets Next Year

Congress will do two budget resolutions next year. The first will be aimed at the ACA early in the Congress and the second effort at reconciliation will be aimed at tax reform, which should be in the Spring. The first budget that House and Senate Republicans will unveil early next year will include reconciliation instructions to…


November 17, 2016

Congress Goes for a Short-Term CR

House and Senate Leadership have decided to forego the Omnibus or minibus appropriations for FY 2017 and pass a short-term CR. The CR will last until March 31, 2017.  The CR will be crafted to maintain the current rate of funding. More details will be reported when more is known. Read the House Appropriations Committee…


November 10, 2016

Lame Duck Priorities

Congress is scheduled to return next week for a Lame Duck session of Congress and many items still remain on the 2016 agenda before Trump takes office, including wrapping up the 11 remaining FY 2017 spending bills and a 21st Century Cures bill that both Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan said was a priority for passage…


September 19, 2016

Senate Moves Vote Back

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the the procedural vote (cloture vote) to proceed with the continuing resolution has been moved. The vote is now scheduled to take place at 2:15 pm on Tuesday. Stay tuned.


September 12, 2016

House Oversight to Hold Hearing on Endowments

The House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight will hold a hearing on university endowments tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13th at 10 AM/ET. Titled, “Back to School: A Review of Tax-Exempt College and University Endowments,” the hearing is following up on an October 2015 hearing on, “The Rising Costs of Higher Education and Tax Policy.” The committee…


September 6, 2016

They’re BACK!!!!

After seven weeks of recess, the House and Senate are back to work today.  Congressional lawmakers now have approximately 17 legislative days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year (FY 2017) begins on October 1. As we saw last year (a non-election year), coming to an agreement on how to allocate…


July 18, 2016

Off to Convention

Congress has left town for its seven-week summer recess, having made progress on considering FY 2017 appropriations measures, but both chambers left town without a clear path forward. For the first time in many years (since FY 2010), the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved all 12 of their respective FY17 appropriations bills, although none…


July 11, 2016

Last Week!!!

With only five days left before a seven-week summer recess, Congress will at least try to keep up appearances. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to complete work on the final two of the 12 annual spending bills needed to fund the government for FY 2017. Meanwhile, the full House is set to vote on its FY…



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