Budget Update

The Budget Conference Committee is quickly approaching its December 13th deadline for coming to an agreement on an overall budget framework that will shape the remainder of FY2014, and possibly FY2015, as well as provide some sequester relief. There are rumors swirling that the two lead negotiators – House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and… Read More


Budget Conference Negotiations Continue

The House is in session this week and is scheduled to work on a bill that would renew a 25-year-old ban on the production of plastic guns that expires on December 9th and to possibly overhaul patent litigation. The House also wants to advance a pediatric medical research bill before the Christmas recess but is… Read More


Budget Negotiations on Hold for Thanksgiving

Congress is on break starting today through the Thanksgiving holiday. The House returns to work December 2nd for two weeks and the Senate returns the following week of December 9th. Unfortunately, budget negotiations did not result in top-line numbers for FY2014 spending before lawmakers left town, leaving appropriators very little time to draft an omnibus… Read More


Budget Negotiators Continue to Talk

Just when all seems lost, it appears that there may yet be hope that Budget negotiators could reach a deal to replace a portion of sequestration. Any potential deal would be small in comparison to the $17.1 trillion national debt, potentially with proposals to replace one year of sequestration cuts — worth $110 billion —… Read More


Budget Deadline Closing In

Both the House and Senate will be busy this week as they attempt to wrap up a number of issues before they take a two-week break for Thanksgiving. The Senate will try to finish work on the annual Defense Authorization bill that the House completed back in June. This could be one of the few… Read More


Budget Conference Committee Meets Today

Formal budget negotiations begin today with Democrats pushing for a multibillion-dollar job creation package aimed at speeding up economic growth. That will be in contrast with Republicans who want to maintain spending cuts under sequestration that will keep government operations running at reduced levels through the rest of FY2014. One thing that leaders in both… Read More


House Science Chair: Science vs. Entitlements

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-TX, published an op-ed in Politico today. In it, he asserts that federal budget is so taken up with entitlements that the nation’s investment in science is suffering and will continue to suffer as a result. Further, Chairman Smith argues that entitlement reform means more funding for basic science… Read More


Budget Discussions Begin (Again) this Week

Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The Senate is expected to consider energy efficiency and pharmacy compounding legislation, as well as a labor board nominee. The House will consider a resolution disapproving of the debt ceiling increase as well as financial services measures. But the big show begins on Wednesday as… Read More


Shutdown Over but Fiscal Issues Remain

The most recent fiscal crisis has been resolved, government is reopened, and the nation’s debt limit has been raised sufficiently to cover our bills. But that doesn’t mean that the broader fiscal issues aren’t still front and center. The next budget fights and political battles are beginning to take shape as all sides are now… Read More


Welcome Back, Federal Government!

The metro was packed this morning, traffic was slow, and DC was once again busy with activity – all welcome signs that the Federal Government is open as a couple hundred thousand federal employees made their way into work for the first time since September 30th. The Senate released a last minute deal yesterday afternoon… Read More