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March 21, 2018

Text of FY2018 Omnibus Released

The House Appropriations Committee has released text of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill. The House could vote as early as Thursday on the package. The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Wednesday night to report the bill to the floor for debate and a vote. The House typically observes a three-day rule before considering any…


March 20, 2018

House to Vote Thursday on Omnibus

While the Congress has yet to introduce the long-negotiated FY2018 Omnibus appropriations bill, the House is now planning on introducing the bill late today. This sets the measure up for passage by the House on Thursday, and the Senate would move for passage Friday. Stay tuned.


February 14, 2018

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Testifies in Congress

Today Dr. Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and UW Professor of Computer Science, was invited by the subcommittee chair to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology in the first of two committee meetings slated to discuss the future of artificial intelligence. Dr. Etzioni was…


November 2, 2017

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The House Republican Leadership unveiled their much-awaited Tax Cuts and American Jobs act. At first glance, the measure would: cut the corporate tax rate to 20%; reduce the seven individual tax brackets into four; nearly double the standard deduction to $24K (married), $18,300 (head of household), and 12,200 (single); increase the child care tax credit…


October 10, 2017

More Disaster Relief; Tax Reform Slowly, Slowly

It’s getting expensive to deal with disaster relief. Going first, the House is scheduled to vote this week on the second installment of hurricane relief aid. While the Trump administration requested $29.3 billion, lawmakers have been busy trying to add to the total. Texas lawmakers want an extra $18.7 billion for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which…


October 2, 2017

Budget? Budget?

The Senate Budget Committee will take its first steps on a framework for federal spending and tax cuts in FY 2018 this week. The Senate Budget Committee released its FY 2018 draft resolution on Friday that would establish the path for consideration of revenue, spending, and other fiscal legislation. Senate Committee will debate overall limits on discretionary…


September 27, 2017

Big Six Reveal Tax Reform Framework

As expected, the long-awaited proposal released Wednesday. Negotiated by the “Big Six” — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orin Hatch —  is heavy on promoting the Republican tax cut desires and light…


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 3, 2017

House Passes Omnibus, Senate Next

The House just passed a sweeping FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill (H.R.244) to fund the government through Sept. 30. The House is sending the $1.07 trillion spending package over to the Senate for a vote later this week, likely Friday. The House vote was 309-118. The lengthy legislation comprises 11 unfinished appropriations bills, along with an intelligence authorization bill…



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