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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…


House Passes Omnibus

House just passed the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill by a vote of 316-113. The omnibus was released earlier this week. It now heads to the Senate for passage later this afternoon.


December 17, 2015

House Passes Tax Extenders

Today, the House passed a $622 billion tax package that permanently renews a number of tax provisions following years of short-term extensions. Seventy-seven Democrats joined 241 Republicans to pass the measure in a 318 to 109 vote. Several tax breaks created under President Obama’s stimulus package are made permanent, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit,…


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…



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