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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…


October 1, 2013

Shutdown: Day One

The federal government shutdown is now in full effect. Initially many federal workers were allowed to go into work this morning to receive furlough notices and implement shutdown plans – cancelling meetings, setting up out-of-office replies on email, and dropping off their Blackberries with IT personnel. And while there are some federal workers who have…


September 30, 2013

Shutdown Basics

Barring a last-minute burst of bipartisanship in Congress, the federal government will partially shut down at 12:01am Tuesday (October 1st) – the start of the new fiscal year. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has collected most current agency contingency plans here. Below is a quick breakdown of how a shutdown will…


September 29, 2013

Impacts of Potential Government Shutdown

At this point, it does appear that we are headed for the first government shutdown in 17 years. The House amended and approved the CR that the Senate sent to them on Friday, so that bill now goes back to the Senate. But because the House amended bill contains language to delay implementation of the…


September 27, 2013

Senate Sends Amended CR Back to the House

Today, the Senate approved an amended version of the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government running when the fiscal year ends on September 30th. The Senate-amended version strips out the House language defunding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changes the end date of the CR from December 15th to November 15th….


September 26, 2013

To Shutdown, or Not to Shutdown…

That is the question on everyone’s minds. Today the Senate will offer amendments to the House-passed continuing resolution with the expectation that they will vote on the modified bill no later than Sunday and send it back to the House for consideration. House Republican leadership is already formulating a strategy to further modify the Senate-amended…


September 23, 2013

OMB Issues Guidance to Agencies: Start Planning for Possible Government Shutdown

With the end of the fiscal year just days away and no sign of a funding agreement in congress, Office of Management and Budget Director, Sylvia Burwell, issued a memo last week to heads of executive departments and agencies to begin planning for a government shutdown. The memo urged departments and agencies to update plans…


Eight Days to End of Fiscal Year

There are just eight days left in the current federal fiscal year yet there is no certainty as to how lawmakers will resolve their partisan differences before October 1st. The continuing resolution (CR) approved by the House last Friday will be the focus in the Senate where they will attempt to modify the bill before…


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