FY2014 Appropriations Update

Happy New Year! After a short break for the holidays, Congress will return to Washington, DC next week to resume work on FY2014 appropriations before the current CR runs out on January 15th. House and Senate Appropriations committee staff worked through the holidays to try to pull together a draft omnibus bill, a legislative package… Read More


Progress on FY2014 Appropriations

Appropriators continue to work on FY2014 spending bills with the hopes of advancing an omnibus bill that incorporates funding for the 12 annual spending bills. If an agreement cannot be reached on one or more of the 12 measures, appropriators will instead advance a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the affected agencies. It is still… Read More


Senate Gives Final Approval to Federal Budget Deal

The Senate this afternoon voted 64-36 to give final approval to the federal budget agreement reached by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The House passed the measure last Thursday on a 332-94 bipartisan vote. The budget sets spending levels at just above $1 trillion for FY2014 and FY2015 and includes $63… Read More


Budget Deal Clears Procedural Hurdle

This morning, the bipartisan Budget deal, which would roll back the sharp Sequester spending cuts,  cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate. The vote to invoke cloture — a procedural step that requires a 2/3rds vote ends and signals an end to debate and allows the measure to be voted upon by the Senate — ensures… Read More


Murray to Speak on Bipartisan Budget Act Before Crucial Vote

At 9:50am ET today, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) will deliver remarks on the Senate floor urging the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.  Murray will call on members of the Senate to vote to cut off a filibuster on the bipartisan compromise she reached with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul… Read More


Budget Deal Moves to the Senate

Today the Senate will resume consideration of pending nominations and then turn to the budget deal on Tuesday with a vote likely by mid-week. Top appropriators are beginning negotiations on an omnibus FY2014 spending package in anticipation of the Senate clearing the $85 billion budget deal this week that would boost overall spending levels. Congress… Read More


House Approves Two-Year Budget Framework

The House passed a budget agreement today by a vote of 332-94. The two-year budget deal, crafted by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), will bring back “regular order” to the annual appropriations process that has eluded Congress for the past couple of years. Lawmakers voted 332-94 on the deal that sets… Read More


House to Consider Budget Deal Thursday

The House Leadership is expected to consider the Budget deal on Thursday. Although there have been small rumblings of discontent by some Republican House Members with the deal because it does allow funding over Sequester levels, the measure is expected to pass the House. The Senate will consider it soon after.


Budget Deal’s Impacts on Student Aid Servicers

The agreement reached on Wednesday by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Paul Ryan reverses some sequestration cuts without raising taxes or making changes to entitlement programs. If approved, Congressional appropriators would have at their discretion $492 billion for non-military spending. That is about $23 billion more than would be available if Congress were to allow… Read More


Budget Deal Announced

Earlier this evening, Budget Conference Chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a two-year budget agreement that would replace $63 billion of sequester cuts over FY2014 and FY2015. For FY2014, the discretionary top line budget would be set at $1.012 trillion, offering an additional $45 billion over FY2013 numbers, and will be evenly… Read More