Federal Relations

Progress This Week

Congressional Schedule:  The House is in recess this week and the Senate is scheduled for recess next week (week of July 4th).  The House has another recess scheduled for the week of July 18th, and both chambers have recess scheduled for the month on August (August 8th through September 6th). Debt Negotiations Continue:  Yesterday, President

The Week in Review

Calendar:  The House is preparing to begin its Fourth of July holiday recess today and is slated to return July 5, while the Senate remains in session throughout next week before their scheduled recess during the week of July 4th. Deficit Negotiations Stalled:  Attempts by Congress and the White House to broker a budget deal

Progress on Debt and FY12 Appropriations

FY12 Appropriations Senate appropriators have been holding off on their FY12 bills, waiting for an agreement on overall discretionary spending to be reached through the ongoing bipartisan debt reduction talks. But because the end of the current fiscal year is just over three months away, they indicated yesterday that the Senate would move forward with

First FY12 Appropriations Bill Approved

Appropriations On Thursday the House passed their FY12 Homeland Security bill, its first FY12 appropriations measure of the year. Democrats have declared the funding levels in the bill insufficient and are particularly unhappy about cuts to homeland security and first responder grants, although some funding to hire/re-hire/retain firefighters was restored by an amendment on Wednesday.

FY12 Energy & Water Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee today released the FY12 Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in the Energy and Water Subcommittee tomorrow.   The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy, including the Office of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,

Spending and Debt

Appropriations  The FY12 appropriations process is in full gear in the House with many predicting that work on FY12 spending bills may be completed by December, a few months after the October 1st start of the new federal fiscal year.  The White House-led talks seeking an agreement on raising the debt ceiling are expected to yield

Deep Cuts Proposed for FY12

Yesterday, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) released proposed spending allocations for FY12 that target non-defense spending for substantial cuts that are designed to roll back appropriations to FY06 levels (roughly). Like the FY11 spending deal reached last month, all spending bills except Defense face cuts under the proposed allocations. Split up among the Appropriations

DREAM Act Reintroduced

Senate Democrats plan to reintroduce the DREAM Act.  Just like the previous versions over the past several years, this year’s version will likely authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional nonimmigrant status, an alien who: (1) entered the United States before his or her 16th birthday and

Budgets and Debt

The Senate Budget Committee may mark up an FY12 budget resolution this week, while Democratic and Republican negotiators begin the serious work of trying to reach agreement on a debt reduction plan to accompany an increase in the debt limit. Senate Budget Resolution: The Senate Budget Committee may mark up an FY12 budget resolution later in the

Congress Back to Work this Week

Congress returns from its two-week recess this week, looking ahead at the need to raise the nation’s statutory debt limit within the next two months and associated efforts to cut federal spending or establish new budgetary controls. Lawmakers have about two months to increase the debt limit, according to the Treasury Department. Although leaders of

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