Federal Relations

May 19, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, May 16-20

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Chaos Ensues – The House floor devolved into chaos and shouting on Thursday as a measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community narrowly failed to pass after Republican leaders urged their members to change their votes. Read more at The…


May 17, 2016

House Releases FY2017 CJS

The House Appropriations Committee today released their FY2017 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill that would provide $56 billion, which is a 0.5 percent increase from current spending, and $1.4 billion over the Administration’s request. The bill, which will be marked up in subcommittee Wednesday, would give modest spending boosts to several law enforcement agencies including the…


White House Threatens Veto for NDAA

The House is expected to consider HR 4904, the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, and last night, in advance of that consideration, the Administration issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) threatening to veto the measure. The White House objects to the NDAA saying the legislation for shifting billions in war funds to support…


May 16, 2016

Veto Threat on Senate’s FY2017 T-HUD/Mil-Con Package

The White House issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) today threatening to veto the FY2017 T-HUD/Mil-Con package the Senate is expected to consider this week. While, the language in the SAP does not link the veto threat to any particular policy provision in the bill under consideration, which is similar to the open-ended veto threat issued by…


House Starts Moving Appropriations Bills

House Leadership is bringing its first FY2017 appropriations bill to the Floor this week with the FY2017 Military Construction (Mil-Con) appropriations bill. Since the House failed to pass a FY2017 Budget resolution before the April 15th statutory deadline, House Appropriators have been required to wait until May 15th to begin to bring funding measures forward.  The House…


House Unveils Zika Funding

Today, House Appropriations Committee released the House Republicans’ $622 million supplemental appropriations bill to fight Zika. The supplemental is expected to be considered by the House this week. The bill is fully offset, according to a statement released by the Committee. It uses $352 million in “unobligated” money that was appropriated to address the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and $270…


ED Unveils Pell Dual Enrollment Pilot Program

The Department of Education unveiled its plan to allow dual enrollments in the Pell grant program today. The plan, which would take place in the 2016-2017 school year, would allow high school students, who are Pell-eligible, to pay for and enroll in college classes using Pell Grant funds. At a cost of $20 million, this…


May 13, 2016

More Movement on Appropriations

The House and Senate will continue to work on fiscal year 2017 funding bills next week. Both the House and Senate are expected to take up, very different, Zika funding packages next week.  While the Senate will likely to vote to accept a $1.1 billion emergency package, the House plans to vote on a bill that…


May 12, 2016

More Senate Approps Movement (E&W, T-HUD, Mil-Con, Zika)

Today, the Senate has passed its first Energy & Water appropriations bill under regular order since 2009. The failure of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) Iran amendment broke up the logjam for both the FY 2017 E&W and will allow the upper chamber to consider both the FY 2017 Transportation and HUD (T-HUD) and FY 2017 Military Construction-VA…


What We’re Reading This Week, May 9-13

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Best Time to Be a College Graduate – Employers added 160,000 employees in April, downshifting from the monthly average of 192,000 workers so far this year. While the downshift isn’t good news, the job market for recent college graduates is booming. Overall unemployment…


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