Federal Relations

February 7, 2018

Two-year budget deal reached in Senate

Today, the Senate reached a far-reaching bipartisan budget agreement that would set top-line spending limits for FY2018 and FY2019, which would be added to the continuing resolution (CR) passed by the House.  The spending levels for the two years represent significant increases above what is currently allowed under the budget caps that were created in 2011. Under the agreement,…

A budget deal on the horizon before a shutdown?

As expected, the House agreed to yesterday by a vote of 245 to 182 the next short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded through March 23.  The current CR expires Friday morning at midnight.  The House-passed CR would fund the Department of Defense for the rest of the year at $30 billion over…

February 6, 2018

Next CR Unveiled

Late yesterday, the House leadership unveiled the next short-term continuing resolution (CR), which would keep the government funded through March 23.  The current CR expires Thursday evening. The next CR includes a nod to the House conservatives, as it would fund the Department of Defense at above the budget-cap levels  for the rest of the fiscal year while…

February 5, 2018

This Week in Congress, February 5-9

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week.   U.S. House of Representatives HOUSE AGRICULTURE Full Committee Hearing State of the Rural Economy Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m., 1300 Longworth Bldg. HOUSE BUDGET Full Committee Hearing CBO Oversight Feb. 6, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth Bldg. HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE Subcommittee Hearing America’s Nuclear…

Another CR Being Prepared

Not surprisingly, Congress is preparing to take up another short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past February 8, which is when the current CR expires. While talks continue on the different issues related to this CR– including the lifting of the budget caps and a solution to the Dreamers situation– no agreement…

February 1, 2018

Debt Ceiling and Appropriations

Late yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the Department of Treasury might make it into the first half of March before running out of cash to pay its bills, or a little later than Treasury’s latest update earlier in the day. In November, CBO had projected that the statutory debt limit would not be reached…

January 31, 2018

Trump Delivers First SOTU Speech

President Trump last night delivered his first State of the Union Speech. The speech, as prepared for delivery, is available here. During his speech, he talked about, among other issues, immigration, national security, infrastructure, and workforce development. Read more about the speech here and here.

Head of CDC Resigns

Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, resigned from her position earlier today because of financial conflicts. Read more about it here and here.

January 29, 2018

Azar Sworn In as HHS Secretary

Earlier today, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was confirmed by the Senate last week.

Pres. Trump to Deliver SOTU Tomorrow

In an address before Congress tomorrow, President Trump is scheduled to deliver his first official State of the Union speech.  In his remarks, he expected to raise, among other issues, immigration, infrastructure, and the economy. The Administration released its framework on immigration last week.  A document that is purported to be a leaked copy of the Administration’s thinking on infrastructure…

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