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April 21, 2016

Senate Full Committee Approves C-J-S and T-HUD Appropriations Bills, Plus Emergency Zika Funding

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a draft FY 2017 C-J-S spending bill with $56.3 billion in discretionary spending that includes funds for efforts to combat heroin use. The FY 2017 amounts would be about $563 million above the currently enacted level, and $1.6 billion more than the Obama Administration request. Overall, it is a 1 percent increase…


April 20, 2016

Energy & Water Moves Forward with a Veto Threat

Last night, the House Appropriations Committee cleared its FY 2017 Energy & Water Appropriations legislation by voice vote, clearing the measure for Floor consideration. The bill includes $37.4 billion for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies and programs. House Democrats and Republicans sparred over language in the bill…


April 19, 2016

Senate Moves C-J-S Forward

Today, the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science approved its $56.3 billion FY 2017 legislation on a bipartisan voice vote, boosting the spending allocation by 1 percent over current levels. The full bill text is expected to be released when the legislation is marked up by the full committee Thursday. Overall, the bill would provide a $71 million boost, to…


April 18, 2016

Senate Moves Forward on Budget

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) filed a budget motion in the Senate today to establish discretionary spending topline numbers, known as 302(b)s for FY 2017. The move allows appropriations work to begin in earnest as the SEante prepares to take up its Energy-Water measure (S 2804) this week. Enzi set the budget limits at $551 billion…


Busy Week for Appropriators

House and Senate Appropriations committees show no signs of slowing down as both committees announced their intended  schedules for the week. The Senate Appropriations Committee has announced subcommittee and full committee markup of FY 2017 Commerce, Science and Justice Appropriations bill, which funds federal research agencies including the National Science Foundation and NASA. Also hearings have been…


April 12, 2016

Senate Approves FAA Reauthorization Amendments

Last night, the Senate approved a number of amendments to the FAA reauthorization measure, including amendments that would provide a five-year extension of the unmanned aircraft system test site program and impose criminal penalties for unsafe operations of unmanned aircraft. The Senate reconvenes this morning and will resume consideration of the FAA reauthorization after morning…


March 22, 2016

House Clears Aviation Extension, Short-term Relief for FAA Reauth

On Monday night, the House cleared  a measure that would extend aviation programs through July 15, 2016, giving Congress another three and a half months for the two chambers to seek an agreement on a long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Procedurally, the House  concurred with a Senate amendment to the short-term extension (HR 4721) the House had…


February 10, 2016

House on Science in the “National Interest”, White House Threatens to Veto

The House will take up a bill today, HR 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, that would require the National Science Foundation to show the grants it doles out to scientists are in the national interest. Similar to previous measures restricting NSF sponsored by Congressman Lamar Smith, the legislation is expected to pass. Predictably,…


January 12, 2016

State of the Union, Tonight

President Obama will address a joint session of Congress this evening in the annual State of the Union Address. It will be Obama’s seventh and final State of the Union address. Typically, the final address is used as a roadmap for the party and the presidential election to come (or already in full swing), and…


December 18, 2015

Congress Passes $1.8 Trillion FY 2016 Spending and Tax Extension Bill

This morning the House & Senate approved a $1.8 trillion fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown and funding the federal establishment through September 2016. The measure passed with a 316-113 vote in the House followed by a 65-33 vote in the Senate. President Obama is said to sign the measure into…



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