Federal Relations

October 14, 2013

Shutdown Day 14: Days Before Debt Limit Deadline and No Deal in Sight

Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continued negotiations over the weekend – searching for a deal that would raise the debt limit and reopen the government, but emerged with no deal in sight yet. A bipartisan group of 12 Senators are also currently in-closed door meetings this morning trying to work out…


October 12, 2013

Shutdown: Day 12 and Progress!

Congressional leaders continue to work toward reopening government and extend the debt limit before the October 27th deadline. While details are vague, it appears that the proposal would immediately end the shutdown and fund federal agencies for six months at current spending levels. It would maintain the automatic cuts, or sequester, but give agency officials…


October 11, 2013

Shutdown: Day Eleven Brings a Glimmer of Hope

Negotiations to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit continued into the night Thursday after House Republicans and President Obama failed to reach an agreement on ending the fiscal standoff during a White House meeting earlier in the day. The GOP favors a temporary increase in the debt ceiling through November 22nd but…


October 10, 2013

Shutdown: Day Ten

Lawmakers made no visible progress Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to reopen federal government with the Senate once again rejecting piecemeal funding bills favored by the House. The funding impasse has kept the government shut down since the new federal fiscal year began October 1st. The focus today is on a White House meeting…


October 8, 2013

Shutdown: One-Week Anniversary and Nothing to Celebrate

There is no new progress on Capitol Hill to end the week old government shutdown. Instead of the usual update, I thought you might enjoy reading what we’re reading. The following articles provide some insights into possible paths forward and the impacts of the shutdown outside the beltway. On Capitol Hill House Republicans Unlikely to…


October 7, 2013

Shutdown: Day Seven

Today marks the seventh day of the government shutdown, with no end in sight as both sides show no signs of compromising. It is becoming increasingly clear that the end of the government shutdown will be tied to a broader deal on raising the debt ceiling – likely to be the focus of debate in…


October 4, 2013

Shutdown: Day Four

After some tense moments yesterday with the shooting at the US Capitol, Congress is poised to return to blaming each other over the federal government shutdown that is now entering its fourth day. It appears that both the House and Senate will stay in session over the weekend. The Senate is hoping to keep the…


October 3, 2013

House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A group of House Democrats yesterday – led by Washington’s 1st District Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, released a comprehensive immigration reform bill. The legislation, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act largely reflects the bipartisan Senate bill. Among other things, the plan: Contains much of the same language from the Senate bill that…


Shutdown: Day Three

The federal government shutdown is entering its third day with no end in sight. And the US will hit its borrowing limit in two weeks, which leads many to speculate that the debt limit, ending or modifying the sequester, and FY14 appropriations issues will all be tied together and dealt with as a larger legislative…


October 2, 2013

Shutdown: Day Two

As the federal government shutdown enters day two, there are no signs of a quick resolution. Instead it now appears that this shutdown could last for a couple of weeks and will only be resolved as part of a larger deal to increase the debt limit in exchange for concessions on government spending and maybe…


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