Federal Relations

December 10, 2014

FY15 Appropriations Released

Last night, House and Senate Appropriators unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending package that is a combination of all but one of the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) appropriations bills rolled into an omnibus for the remainder for FY15, plus a continuing resolution (CR) funding the Department of Homeland Security through February 2015. The FY15 appropriations package, dubbed

House Considers Charitable Tax Extenders

Last week, the House voted to renew most extenders for one year — restoring them for the current 2014 tax year so that companies and individuals can make use of the breaks when filing their 2014 tax returns. The Senate expects to clear that measure in the coming days. Today, the House considered HR 5806, the

December 9, 2014

This Week in Congress

With the current continuing resolution set to expire on Thursday, December 11, all eyes and ears are on House and Senate negotiators as they work toward an agreement on an omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year.   Here are the committee hearings we’re paying attention

December 5, 2014

House Narrowly Passes Immigration Response

In a fairly narrow and mostly party line vote, the House passed a measure disapproving of Obama’s immigration action yesterday. It likely stops there: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won’t take it up.  Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) has lead the effort in the House meant to channel conservative anger and stop the Administration’s

December 4, 2014

House to Pass Tax Extenders

The House is set to consider HR 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act today. The measure would retroactively extend more than 50 expired tax breaks for one year. It would renew the individual deduction for state and local sales taxes and the equalization of tax-free benefits for transit and parking, the business research and development tax credit,

NDAA Sent to Senate

The House passed HR 3979 the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 300-119. The Senate is expected to take up and pass the measure next week. The measure, which must be passed annually, authorizes all Pentagon and defense-related programs for the fiscal year. In FY15, the measure authorizes $577.1 billion for the

November 21, 2014

Obama Takes Action on Immigration

President Obama has announced during a prime-time television address on Thursday evening that he will take executive action on immigration. The sweeping actions aim to shield as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and will grant work permits to some. A new program will allow the parents of US citizens and permanent residents

November 20, 2014

House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs Announced

Today House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers announced the Republican Steering Committee has approved the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs for the 114th Congress. In a statement, Chairman Rogers said, “The 12 Appropriations Subcommittee Chairmen are essential to this success. They lead the way in overseeing our federal agencies, and guide spending decisions to make the most

November 18, 2014

Congressman Rush Holt to lead AAAS

Congressman Rush D. Holt, Ph.D., who is retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of this year, has agreed to become chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals for American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), He will succeed Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., who had previously announced that he would be

November 17, 2014

Appropriations Update: Shutdown Possible?

Congress returns to the Capitol today to begin a long week of work before the Thanksgiving break. There are roughly 11 working days before the next continuing resolution (CR) runs out on December 11th so Congress continues to consider their options for completing FY 2015 appropriations. House and Senate Republican leaders keep insisting they don’t

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