Shutdown Basics

Barring a last-minute burst of bipartisanship in Congress, the federal government will partially shut down at 12:01am Tuesday (October 1st) – the start of the new fiscal year. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has collected most current agency contingency plans here. Below is a quick breakdown of how a shutdown will… Read More


Impacts of Potential Government Shutdown

At this point, it does appear that we are headed for the first government shutdown in 17 years. The House amended and approved the CR that the Senate sent to them on Friday, so that bill now goes back to the Senate. But because the House amended bill contains language to delay implementation of the… Read More


Senate Sends Amended CR Back to the House

Today, the Senate approved an amended version of the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running when the fiscal year ends on September 30th. The Senate-amended version strips out the House language defunding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changes the end date of the CR from December 15th to November 15th…. Read More


To Shutdown, or Not to Shutdown…

That is the question on everyone’s minds. Today the Senate will offer amendments to the House-passed continuing resolution with the expectation that they will vote on the modified bill no later than Sunday and send it back to the House for consideration. House Republican leadership is already formulating a strategy to further modify the Senate-amended… Read More


Eight Days to End of Fiscal Year

There are just eight days left in the current federal fiscal year yet there is no certainty as to how lawmakers will resolve their partisan differences before October 1st. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House last Friday will be the focus in the Senate where they will attempt to modify the bill before… Read More


Defunding Health Reform Tied to CR

Update 9/20: The House voted 230-189 to pass the Continuing Resolution which is coupled with a provision to defund Obamacare. It now heads to the Senate where it will almost certainly fail as-is – and the chamber will restore funding, before heading back to the House. Both chambers must come to a consensus and approve… Read More


17 Days to End of Fiscal Year

Congress has gone home for the weekend with no new developments on reaching an agreement to fund the government after the fiscal year ends September 30th. It may be too early to talk about government shutdown, but just in case I thought I’d pull up the helpful 2011 FAQ from The Chronicle of Higher Education on… Read More


And We’re Back… To Fiscal Issues

What a difference a couple of days makes here in the nation’s capitol. On Monday, President Obama and Congress were still projecting a vote to take military action in Syria. But this morning it appears that the pause button has been pushed on that topic and lawmakers are once again turning to fiscal issues. Late… Read More


Welcome Back Congress!

Congress returns to work today after a long summer break. When they left town five weeks ago, it looked like the legislative fall schedule would focus on domestic issues: the budget and debt limit, immigration, health care reform, and maybe even education or higher education issues. Now it appears that most of the nine working… Read More


CR and Syria

Congress will return to the US Capitol on Monday after a long August recess period. And in the nine working days they have scheduled for September, the focus will be on the instability in Syria and on-going fiscal issues. The House is likely to take up a short-term, stopgap funding measure – continuing resolution (CR)… Read More