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May 12, 2016

More Senate Approps Movement (E&W, T-HUD, Mil-Con, Zika)

Today, the Senate has passed its first Energy & Water appropriations bill under regular order since 2009. The failure of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) Iran amendment broke up the logjam for both the FY 2017 E&W and will allow the upper chamber to consider both the FY 2017 Transportation and HUD (T-HUD) and FY 2017 Military Construction-VA…


May 10, 2016

Third Time Isn’t Charming for Senate E&W

In an expected turn of events, the Senate failed to invoke cloture last night. The Senate’s third attempt to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the substitute amendment for the FY 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill fell short. Senate Democrats have refused to support advancing the measure unless Republicans abandon a proposed amendment by Senator Tom Cotton…


May 9, 2016

Interesting Week Ahead

The House and Senate return to work this week, including former Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz. The Senate will try for the third time on Monday to advance its $37.5 billion fiscal 2017 Energy-Water appropriations bill, but there is no indication that leaders will find the 60 votes needed to break the logjam caused by…


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 FY2017. 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…



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