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September 27, 2018

But Will He Sign It?

Following the Senate’s lead from last week, the House cleared yesterday the massive spending package that combines the annual Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills by a vote of 361-61.  The Senate approved it by a vote of 93 to 7.  The bill also includes a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund through December 7 the…


September 18, 2018

More Action Expected on Appropriations

More action on the FY2019 appropriations front is expected today, with the Senate bringing up for the consideration the second “minibus” of spending bills, which contains the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The chamber could pass it by the end of the day today. In addition, the staff for the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are…


September 17, 2018

Additional Details from Labor-HHS/ Defense Conference Report Available

Additional details from the conference report for the Labor-HHS/ Defense package that will be considered by both chambers in the near future are provided below. As noted before, NIH would receive $39.1 billion, an increase of $2 billion.  The new funding level would include $711 million designated for the agency from the 21st Century Cures…


September 14, 2018

Agreement Reached on Labor-Health-Education and Defense Package

House and Senate conferees yesterday officially agreed to a massive spending package for FY2019 that combines the two biggest annual appropriations bills, the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense measures.  The explanatory statement for the conference report is available here.  The text of the conference report is also available on-line here. The Senate could take up the $855-billion package, which…


September 13, 2018

First Spending Bills to be Cleared by Friday?

The conference report for the package that contains the first three appropriations bills of FY2019– Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs– was quickly adopted by the Senate yesterday by a vote of 92 to 5.  An agreement between the House and Senate negotiators was reached on it earlier this week. The House is scheduled…


September 5, 2018

Progress as Deadline on Spending Bills Approaches?

Even as most of the national media is focused on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings as Congress returns to work this week, we could see progress on the appropriations front.  The next fiscal year, FY2019, starts October 1 and none of the 12 spending bills have been signed into law so far. Although hurdles still…


August 13, 2018

Two Biggest Spending Bills Likely to See Senate Movement

After the Senate returns from its abbreviated August recess this Wednesday, it is expected to start debate on the two biggest spending bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS Appropriations Bills. The Senate will most likely combine the two measures into a single package, which, if passed, would include a total of approximately $857 billion in total spending for…


June 28, 2018

Appropriations Process Continues to Move Forward

The FY2019 appropriations process continued to move forward today. The House agreed to its version of the Defense spending bill by a vote of 359 to 49.  The detailed report for the bill is available here. In the Senate, the full Appropriations Committee adopted its version of the Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending bills.  While most of…


June 26, 2018

Senate Bill Calls for Bigger NIH Increase

The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee reported out this morning its FY2019 bill. While most of the legislation’s details are not yet available, Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) highlighted during his remarks the $2-billion increase in the bill slated for NIH.  He also called out the proposed Pell Grant maximum of $6,195 and the continuation of the…


June 18, 2018

ED Delays Gainful Employment Regulations Again

In a notice posted  yesterday, the Education Department announcement that it will delay again by a year the implementation of “gainful employment” (GE) regulations.  Last July, the department decided to delay the implementation of the GE regulations until this July 1.  This notice pushes back the regulations until July 1, 2019. Read more about the background…



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