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December 16, 2015

Tax Extenders Bill Released

House Republicans unveiled a $650 billion permanent tax package early Wednesday morning.  Key elements of the package were the permanent extensions of the research and experimentation tax credit and several charitable donation tax breaks. Sections of note include: Section 102. Enhanced American opportunity tax credit is made permanent. The Hope Scholarship Credit is a credit of…


Omnibus Released

House Republican Leadership released the long-awaited FY 2016 omnibus appropriations and tax extenders package late last night. The $1.15 trillion, 2,009-page package was delayed until just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after party leaders spent Tuesday swapping final offers. House Republican Leadership initially said they would adhere to the GOP’s “three-day rule,” releasing the package on Tuesday…


December 10, 2015

Short Term CR through December 16

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday released a five-day continuing resolution (CR) that would keep federal agencies operative through midnight on December 16th. The stopgap would provide omnibus negotiators with additional time to strike a deal on a $1.1 trillion agreement to close out fiscal 2016. Both chambers must pass the resolution by the end…


December 8, 2015

McCarthy Announces Short-term CR

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House will take up a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), as expected previously, to fund the federal government beyond midnight Friday. At this point, it is unclear how long the CR will last, but with the announcement McCarthy also said that Members should expect to work Friday…


December 4, 2015

Senate Clears Highway Bill, On to Obama

Last night, the Senate cleared the $305 billion surface transportation reauthorization revealed this week. This is the first five-year highway and transit reauthorization Congress has passed since 2005.The bill also includes a four-year extension of the Export-Import Bank charter, through fiscal 2019. The measure passed by a 83-16 vote. Passage of the highway and transit bill comes one…


December 1, 2015

Transportation Reauthorization Agreement Reached

An agreement was announced this Tuesday afternoon after a majority of conferees signed off on the package with days to spare before the short-term reauthorization expires on Friday, December 4th. The mammoth deal, which authorizes for highway and transit programs, as well as Amtrak, through fiscal year 2020, is set to move through the House and Senate…


November 30, 2015

ESEA Conference Report Released, Passage Expected Before Recess

  Both Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Rep. John Kline (R-MN) Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, put a No Child Left Behind rewrite at the top of their to-do lists in 2015. After multiple stops and starts in the House, the House and Senate Conferees…


November 19, 2015

House and Senate Recess for Thanksgiving

The Senate shelved consideration of the FY2016 Transportation-HUD spending bill after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked progress on two transportation-related amendments and demanded consideration of his amendment  to bar assistance to refugees from certain countries. Senate Leadership announced there will be no more votes this week in the Senate, opening the door to the Thanksgiving recess. Earlier…


House Pushes “Pause” on Syria Refugees

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to slap stringent — and difficult to implement — new screening procedures on refugees from Syria seeking resettlement, seizing on the fear stemming from the Paris attacks. The bill passed by a vote of 289 to 137 with nearly 50 Democrats in support even after Administration officials implored congressional Democrats to vote…


ESEA/NCLB Conference Finished, Vote in House Expected

House and Senate conferees finished their work on an agreement to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law today. Members are hopeful that the conference package can clear both chambers by the end of the year. Both parties have been critical of the last reauthorization law (which renamed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to No…



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