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July 24, 2017

House to Consider Multi-Bill Spending Package

The House Rules Committee started meeting tonight to go over which of the more than 300 amendments would be made in order during the floor consideration of a multi-bill spending package when it hits the House floor later this week. The “minibus” currently under consideration includes four of the 12 FY2018 spending bills:  Defense, Energy…


July 19, 2017

Repeal of ACA Would Lead to 32 Million More Uninsured

An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of a Senate Republican plan to essentially repeal most of the current provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement shows that it would increase the number of uninsured individuals by 32 million by 2026. The same CBO review projects that individual premiums would increase…


Busy Day Expected Today

Both House Appropriations and Budget Committees are expected to be busy today. The Budget Committee is scheduled to take up its FY2018 budget resolution today and the committee action is expected to last for most of the day.  While the budget resolution is not law, it will serve as a fiscal blueprint for FY2018.  Among the…


July 18, 2017

Repeal Now, Replace Later?

Yesterday evening, two more Republican Senators– Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas– jointly announced their opposition to the Senate healthcare bill that was being push forward by the Republican leadership.  Their statements increased the number of Senate Republicans opposing the bill to four, with Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky…


Shanahan Confirmation Expected Today

The Senate is expected to confirm Pat Shanahan as deputy Defense secretary this afternoon following a vote on cloture yesterday.


July 17, 2017

This week in Congress, July 17-21

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place on the Hill this week. TUESDAY, JULY 18 Senate Appropriations ENERGY-WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS July 18, 2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Markup House Science, Space & Technology NASA PLANETARY FLAGSHIP MISSIONS July 18, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 House Natural Resources…


Will a Massive 12-bill Spending Package Move?

The House Republican leadership this week is planning to check with their rank-and-file members on their level of receptivity to idea of moving a massive 12-bill omnibus appropriations package for the upcoming FY2018 before the August recess.  The notion of combining all 12 annual spending measures for FY2018 and moving them together as a piece of…


July 16, 2017

Senate Floor Action on Healthcare Bill Delayed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced late Saturday that the Senate consideration of the revised healthcare legislation will be postponed.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had a blood clot removed on Friday and is not expected to return to the Senate the week of July 17.  With two members who have already publicly declared their opposition…


July 14, 2017

Definition of “bona fide” relationship expanded by federal judge

A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that the list of relatives created by the Trump Administration in its attempt to define a “bona fide” relationship with respect to its modified travel ban against six majority-Muslim nations is too narrow. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited ban to go into effect and is scheduled…


Appropriations Process Trying to Move Forward?

The 12 individuals appropriations bills for FY2018 in the House have all now been cleared by their respective subcommittees and six have been approved by the full Appropriations Committee.  Meanwhile, one bill has seen action on the other side of the Capitol. While this may signal some movement on this front, the total amount of…


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