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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 28, 2017

House Scraps ACA Vote, House and Senate Pass One Week CR

Late last night, House Republican leadership decided to forego a vote on the ACA amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur circulated earlier this week. MacArthur, who is the leader of the moderate Republican Tuesday Group, would shift how individuals with preexisting conditions are insured to the states. The amendment won the support of the conservative House…


March 24, 2017

Healthcare Bill Pulled

After a drama-filled day of discussions and conversations between the House and the White House and among the House Republicans themselves, which did not ultimately create enough support for its passage, the healthcare legislation was pulled from the House floor before a vote.  The path forward on the push to repeal and replace Obamacare remains uncertain.


March 23, 2017

No Healthcare Vote on Thursday

After another day of intense back-and-forth among House Republicans, there still are not enough votes to secure passage of the current version of the healthcare repeal legislation. As a result, the House leadership has postponed the floor vote scheduled for tonight.  Some reports are indicating that the vote could take place tomorrow morning, after further negotiations.


Drama Continues in Congress

With the full House currently scheduled to take up the Obamacare repeal-and-replace healthcare bill later today, as of this writing, it still remains uncertain as to whether the White House and the House Republican leadership have been able to convince enough holdouts to get the legislation across the finish line. Many sources report that negotiations…


March 21, 2017

House Republican Leadership Proposes Changes to Healthcare Legislation

Last evening, the Republican leadership in the House proposed a number of changes to the committee-passed healthcare legislation. The changes have been offered as proposed amendments (see here) and will still need to be formally adopted to become part of the official legislative package. The proposed changes were offered to garner enough support from among the…


March 20, 2017

A Big Week in Congress

The first day of Spring today is the start of a big week in Congress. Activities of interest this week include, but are not limited to: • The confirmation hearing for United States Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to start today, with opening statements. Members of the committee…


March 16, 2017

America First Budget Released

The Trump Administration released its first budget, called the American First Budget this morning. Coming in at 62 pages total, the “America First” budget blueprint is what is known as a “skinny budget” is somewhat scant on details. The budget’s main theme is doing more with less by eliminating “nonfunctioning” or duplicative programs and wasteful spending; streamlining federal…


March 15, 2017

Health Care Keeps Moving, Senate Moves on Confirmations

The House will keep moving on health care reform as the Capitol recovers from snow Monday night. While GOP leaders quickly dismissed the CBO’s report on the replacement bill released late Monday as either incomplete or inaccurate, Democrats held the report as evidence that repeal the law should be stopped. The House appears to be moving…


March 14, 2017

House Budget Markup of AHCA Delayed

Happy Pi Day! DC is under snow, and the House Budget Committee has delayed its markup of the ACA replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), until Thursday morning. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office released its long-awaited score of the AHCA yesterday, which said that 14 million would lose coverage…



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