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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…


May 2, 2017

White House Issues SAP on FY 2017 Omnibus

Today, the White House has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) on H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations bill, also known as the FY 2017 Omnibus. While the White House says it is concerned that Congress did not go far enough in funding some priorities, it is a good first step, but priorities should be…


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…


April 24, 2017

This Week in Congress, April 24-28

Here is a selection of committee meetings happening this week.   TUESDAY, APRIL 25   Senate Judiciary INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INNOVATION April 25, 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Bldg. Full Committee Hearing     WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26   Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation FREE ENTERPRISE IN SPACE April 26, 10 a.m., 253 Russell Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing…



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