January 13, 2014

Monday Morning Spending Bill Update

Congress continues to make progress on an FY2014 spending plan, and expects to pass and send a $1.012 trillion omnibus package to the president by the end of the week. In the meantime, the House is set to take up a stopgap measure tomorrow that would run through Saturday and make no changes in current… Read More


January 9, 2014

Cantwell Shows UW-Bothell Pride!

UW-Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh was on Capitol Hill yesterday meeting with members of the Washington state delegation — and to wave the UWB flag with US Senator Maria Cantwell!


January 8, 2014

FY2014 Omnibus Stalled

Congressional leaders are trying to finalize a FY2014 omnibus spending package and have agreement on six of the 12 appropriations measures that cover discretionary spending for federal programs. Despite the progress, lingering disagreements are making it increasingly likely that a draft of a final agreement won’t make it to House and Senate leaders until possibly… Read More


January 7, 2014

Surprise! White House Delays Budget Submission

The White House is said to be at least a month behind its own schedule for developing a FY2015 budget, which by statute is supposed to be submitted to Congress on the first Monday in February. That will slow work on next year’s spending bills, even though the budget accord negotiated by Senate Budget Chairwoman… Read More


January 2, 2014

FY2014 Appropriations Update

Happy New Year! After a short break for the holidays, Congress will return to Washington, DC next week to resume work on FY2014 appropriations before the current CR runs out on January 15th. House and Senate Appropriations committee staff worked through the holidays to try to pull together a draft omnibus bill, a legislative package… Read More


December 30, 2013

Progress on FY2014 Appropriations

Appropriators continue to work on FY2014 spending bills with the hopes of advancing an omnibus bill that incorporates funding for the 12 annual spending bills. If an agreement cannot be reached on one or more of the 12 measures, appropriators will instead advance a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the affected agencies. It is still… Read More


December 18, 2013

Senate Gives Final Approval to Federal Budget Deal

The Senate this afternoon voted 64-36 to give final approval to the federal budget agreement reached by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). The House passed the measure last Thursday on a 332-94 bipartisan vote. The budget sets spending levels at just above $1 trillion for FY2014 and FY2015 and includes $63… Read More


December 17, 2013

Budget Deal Clears Procedural Hurdle

This morning, the bipartisan Budget deal, which would roll back the sharp Sequester spending cuts,  cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate. The vote to invoke cloture — a procedural step that requires a 2/3rds vote ends and signals an end to debate and allows the measure to be voted upon by the Senate — ensures… Read More


Murray to Speak on Bipartisan Budget Act Before Crucial Vote

At 9:50am ET today, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) will deliver remarks on the Senate floor urging the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.  Murray will call on members of the Senate to vote to cut off a filibuster on the bipartisan compromise she reached with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul… Read More


December 16, 2013

Budget Deal Moves to the Senate

Today the Senate will resume consideration of pending nominations and then turn to the budget deal on Tuesday with a vote likely by mid-week. Top appropriators are beginning negotiations on an omnibus FY2014 spending package in anticipation of the Senate clearing the $85 billion budget deal this week that would boost overall spending levels. Congress… Read More