Federal Relations

October 17, 2011

Minibus vs. Omnibus

While the House is in recess this week, the Senate will continue working on FY12 appropriations measures in an effort to create a path forward on completing those bills before the continuing resolution (CR) expires on November 18th.  Later today, the Senate will test the waters with a “minibus,” which would include three spending bills

October 11, 2011

This Week in Congress

The House begins their work week today at noon, with votes scheduled for later this evening.  In addition to several bills related to veterans , the House will begin debate on the Panama, South Korea, and Colombia free trade agreements.  Meanwhile, the Senate begins their work week later today (around 5:30pm).  The Senate is set to vote on a judicial

September 26, 2011

Five Days to Shutdown

With just five days until the end of the current federal fiscal year, congressional leaders continue to work to resolve an impasse over how to pay for disaster aid that threatens to shut down the government on Friday at midnight.  There appears to be bipartisan support for a continuing resolution (CR) that would allow the

September 23, 2011

Fate of CR Uncertain

Late last night (or early morning, if you want to be more accurate), the House approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep federal government running past September 30th but the bill faces challenges in the Senate this morning.  Even before passage of the House bill, Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) warned his caucus would block

September 22, 2011

CR Defeated in House

Yesterday, the House of Representatives failed to approve a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund federal government beyond September 30th – the end of the federal fiscal year.  That CR would have extended funding at current levels through November 18th. Two issues caused the defeat of the bill.  First, the failed CR would have set

September 19, 2011

CR Action This Week

Congress is expected to approve a continuing resolution (CR) this week to keep government operating past the September 30th end of the federal fiscal year.  The House will take action on the bill early this week, which would provide funding for government programs through November 18th. The bill would set the discretionary funding at 1.5

September 15, 2011

President Obama’s American Jobs Act Would Carry Slight Impact for UW

The American Jobs Act introduced by President Obama last week and delivered to congress in full bill form this week, looks like it may carry some tax implications for UW. If passed, the bill would expand and extend the existing payroll tax reduction for employees from the already reduced rate of 4.2% to 3.1%. Would

Continuing Resolution Through Nov 18

The House released details of their continuing resolution (CR) proposal yesterday, which would fund federal government operations through November 18th.  The federal fiscal year ends on September 30th, and Congress is far from completing work on FY12 appropriations.  The measure would fund the government at the $1.043 trillion annual level included in the debt limit

September 12, 2011

FY12 Appropriations Update

With the end of the federal fiscal year looming, congressional leaders are drafting a continuing resolution (CR) for FY12 in order to avoid a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends on September 30th.  The CR is expected to run through November 18th, and would set spending levels at those agreed to in debt limit

September 9, 2011

President Obama Annouces $447 Billion American Jobs Act

Last night in a joint address to Congress, President Obama laid forth a $447 billion plan designed to put Americans back to work and jumpstart the struggling economy. The proposed package includes $245 billion in tax cuts, $140 billion in investments in infrastructure and local aid, and $62 billion in continued unemployment benefits. To ensure

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