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May 5, 2017

Spending Bill Officially Signed Into Law

The FY2017 omnibus appropriations package that was passed by both chambers earlier this week was officially signed into law by President Trump earlier today. His signature officially wraps up the FY2017 appropriations process, enabling the Congress and the Administration to now focus on FY2018, which starts October 1.


What We’re Reading This Week, May 1 – 5

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is reading this week. Comedians Love Trump –  It appears that late-night talkshow hosts love President Trump.  According to an analysis by George Mason University, he is on pace to be become the butt of the hosts’ jokes after his first year more often that any of…


May 4, 2017

House Passes AHCA, the ACA Repeal

By a vote of 217-213, the House passed a bill that would repeal parts of the 2010 health care law and change Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement system to one that limits states’ federal funding. Passage fulfills a core Republican campaign promise of the past seven years. The measure, HR 1628, moves to the Senate, where supporters will face major…


Senate Clears Omnibus

The Senate passed H.R. 244, the FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill today which will fund the government through Sept. 30. The $1.07 trillion legislation now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. The Senate tally was 79-18 . The omnibus legislation includes the 11 unfinished appropriations bills and intelligence authorization legislation, as well as funding for retired…


House to Vote on ACA Repeal Today

Following an amendment that won the support of two Republican hold-outs on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House GOP leaders move to consider the AHCA today. This vote will be a defining moment for President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, to say nothing of the rank-and-file Republicans. The GOP also is planning to vote on…


May 3, 2017

House Passes Omnibus, Senate Next

The House just passed a sweeping FY 2017 Omnibus appropriations bill (H.R.244) to fund the government through Sept. 30. The House is sending the $1.07 trillion spending package over to the Senate for a vote later this week, likely Friday. The House vote was 309-118. The lengthy legislation comprises 11 unfinished appropriations bills, along with an intelligence authorization bill…


House Votes on Omnibus Today

Today, the House will vote on the FY 2017 spending package to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. A Senate vote is anticipated Thursday, and President Donald Trump announced he would sign it.


May 2, 2017

White House Issues SAP on FY 2017 Omnibus

Today, the White House has issued a Statement of Administrative Policy (SAP) on H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations bill, also known as the FY 2017 Omnibus. While the White House says it is concerned that Congress did not go far enough in funding some priorities, it is a good first step, but priorities should be…


May 1, 2017

This Week in Congress, May 1-5

Here is a selection of committee meetings taking place this week.   TUESDAY, MAY 2   House Energy & Commerce MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY REGULATIONS May 2, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing   WEDNESDAY, MAY 3   Senate Appropriations DEFENSE INNOVATION/RESEARCH FUNDING May 3, 10:30 a.m., 192 Dirksen Bldg. Subcommittee Hearing   Senate Armed Services…


FY 2017 Omnibus Released

At 2 am last night, House and Senate appropriators released the FY 2017 Omnibus, which  comprises the 11 unfinished FY 2017 appropriations bills, providing fresh spending instructions for nearly every corner of the federal government and formally appropriates more than $1 trillion in discretionary spending for FY 2017, in keeping with the spending limits agreed…


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