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September 9, 2016

Hiccup with a CR

Writing a stopgap spending measure, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to avoid a government shutdown on October 1st, just got a bit harder than lawmakers anticipated. Typically, CRs extend current funding levels into the new fiscal year for a short duration. Unfortunately, there’s a hitch this time. If current FY2016 funding is simply extended, it…

September 6, 2016

They’re BACK!!!!

After seven weeks of recess, the House and Senate are back to work today.  Congressional lawmakers now have approximately 17 legislative days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year (FY 2017) begins on October 1. As we saw last year (a non-election year), coming to an agreement on how to allocate…

July 11, 2016

Last Week!!!

With only five days left before a seven-week summer recess, Congress will at least try to keep up appearances. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to complete work on the final two of the 12 annual spending bills needed to fund the government for FY 2017. Meanwhile, the full House is set to vote on its FY…

July 8, 2016

House Approves Opioid Conference Report

In a remarkable change of pace, the House and Senate came to a conference agreement on S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this Wednesday. The agreement contains numerous provisions to combat increasing rates of opioid drug abuse, including through modifications to prescribing and pain management practices, by creating or modifying programs to expand access to treatment,…

July 7, 2016

House Starts Pushing CR

The House Freedom Caucus is pushing for a vote next week on a six-month stopgap funding measure that would last until March 2017 and effectively end the appropriations process for the year. The plan would postpone decisions on FY 2017 spending until a new president and Congress are elected. At present, House Republican Leadership is considering the…

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…

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