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June 27, 2016

Senate Keeps Moving

Only the Senate is in session this week, as the House recessed early for the Fourth of July work period last week. The Senate plans to keep working on the FY 2017 CJS bill this week and should also turn to their FY 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans (Mil-Con appropriations bills. Also on tap this week, possibly the…


June 23, 2016

Zika Deal Reached

Early Thursday morning, the House approved a Zika funding package, the product of a House-Senate conference report that was crafted just hours before. House Democrats’ unusual daylong protest over gun control finally ended early Thursday morning after Republican leaders moved to adjourn the House through the July 4 recess – without a gun vote. As…


SCOTUS: Fisher v. Texas

Today, the Supreme Court today upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions. The ruling came in a case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, about the admissions practices at the UT, but will likely affect admissions and financial aid policies in most institutes of higher education….


June 7, 2016

Senate Subcommittee Passes FY 2017 Labor-H

Today, the Senate appropriations subcommittee approved the first bipartisan Labor-H funding bill since Obamacare became law more than six years ago. The Senate’s FY 2017 bill includes a $2 billion increase for NIH (the same as the FY 2016 increase), a near doubling of funding to fight the opioid epidemic to $261 million, and $7.1 billion for…


June 6, 2016

Congress Gets Back to Work for the Long Slog

The House and Senate return to work this week in what will be the largest number of consecutive legislative days prior to the August Recess.  Both legislative bodies will push pause and briefly come together for a joint session to receive Indian Prime Minister Modi. The Senate returns today to resume consideration on its FY 2017 National…


May 31, 2016

Memorial Day Recess

The House and Senate are out this week as they head home to celebrate Memorial Day with a week-long recess. When they return, the Senate will resume consideration on its version of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the House will begin regrouping on how to proceed with appropriations after the meltdown of…


May 26, 2016

House and Senate Agree to Conference Zika Funding Bills

Today, the House voted 233-180 Thursday for a rule that would allow the chamber go to conference with the Senate over differences in the two chambers’ respective versions of their FY2017 Mil-Con appropriations measures as well as legislation to address the Zika virus. The Senate will also need to agree to go to conference. The House…


House FY2016 E&W Fails on the Floor

Earlier today, House’s FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (HR 5055) failed by a vote of 112-305. It is the second regular appropriations bill to be considered by the House this year. The first was the FY2017 Mil-Con measure, which passed last week. The measure failed to pass due to a series of amendments that poisoned…


House Passes Amended Senate Energy Policy Bill

Yesterday, the House passed, by a vote of 241-178, an amended Senate legislative package (S. 2012) containing its broad energy policy overhaul. The Senate, which passed a more bipartisan bill, expressed concern about several of the many contentious elements the House added. The House included several controversial provisions including it’s stalled version to reauthorize America COMPETES.  The next step…


May 24, 2016

New House Rules

Speaker Ryan proposed to the regular Republican House Conference meeting new procedures on proposing amendments for legislation, and specifically appropriations bills. The new process requires Members to “notice” their amendments by submitting them for publication in the Congressional Record in advance of consideration on the House Floor in order to have them considered by the…



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