Federal Relations


September 18, 2018

Senate Approves Labor-HHS/Defense/CR Package

By a vote of 93 to 7, the Senate adopted earlier today a massive spending package that includes the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense appropriations bills as well as the continuing resolution that would keep funded through December 7 parts of the government that do not have their spending bills approved by October 1. The measure now…

More Action Expected on Appropriations

More action on the FY2019 appropriations front is expected today, with the Senate bringing up for the consideration the second “minibus” of spending bills, which contains the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The chamber could pass it by the end of the day today. In addition, the staff for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are…

September 17, 2018

Additional Details from Labor-HHS/ Defense Conference Report Available

Additional details from the conference report for the Labor-HHS/ Defense package that will be considered by both chambers in the near future are provided below. As noted before, NIH would receive $39.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion.  The new funding level would include $711 million designated for the agency from the 21st Century Cures…

September 14, 2018

Agreement Reached on Labor-Health-Education and Defense Package

House and Senate conferees yesterday officially agreed to a massive spending package for FY2019 that combines the two biggest annual appropriations bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The explanatory statement for the conference report is available here.  The text of the conference report is also available on-line here. The Senate could take up the $855-billion package, which…

September 13, 2018

First Spending Bills to be Cleared by Friday?

The conference report for the package that contains the first three appropriations bills of FY2019– Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs– was quickly adopted by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 92 to 5.  An agreement between the House and Senate negotiators was reached on it earlier this week. The House is scheduled…

August 28, 2018

Senate Agrees to Domestic-Defense Appropriations Package

As expected, the Senate adopted last Thursday an appropriations package made up of the two largest spending bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The Senate approved the $856.9-billion package by a vote of 85 to 7.  While the House cleared its version of the Defense bill, it has yet to move on Labor-HHS. Among other…

July 12, 2018

Labor-HHS Spending Bill Clears House Committee

After an all-day markup, the FY2019 House Labor-HHS-Education bill was cleared by the Appropriations Committee last night. The committee’s adoption of the bill means that 11 of the 12 spending bills have cleared the House Appropriations Committee; the Senate committee has cleared all of its bills. The 13-hour markup was contentious at times, with heated…

June 28, 2018

Appropriations Process Continues to Move Forward

The FY2019 appropriations process continued to move forward today. The House agreed to its version of the Defense spending bill by a vote of 359 to 49.  The detailed report for the bill is available here. In the Senate, the full Appropriations Committee adopted its version of the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills.  While most of…

June 26, 2018

Progress and Delay on Labor-HHS-Education Bill

The House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up today its FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill.  The legislation funds, among other agencies and programs, those that support biomedical research and student financial aid, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Pell Grants.  The committee markup, however, has been postponed until after the July Fourth…

June 14, 2018

Congress Continues to March Through Appropriations

Both chambers of Congress continue their march through the FY2019 appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took up and cleared its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior, and Legislative Branch bills earlier today, meaning that the committee has cleared seven of the 12 spending bills.  Some of the initial details about the CJS and Interior bills were posted yesterday….

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