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House and Senate Budget Resolutions Heading to the Floor for Debate

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Legislative Activity House and Senate Budget Resolutions Heading to the Floor for Debate The House and Senate Budget Committees have reported their respective budget resolutions out of committee, and the House and Senate will bring those resolutions to the floor this week. Both committees have seen defense hawks and fiscal conservatives at odds over the… Continue Reading

House and Senate Committees to Mark Up Budget Resolutions; How Will Congress Deal with the Sequester; Debt Limit Reached

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Legislative Activity House and Senate Committees to Mark Up Budget Resolutions; How Will Congress Deal with the Sequester? The House and Senate Budget Committees will hold markup hearings this week on their respective Budget Resolutions. The House Committee will mark up its resolution on Wednesday, while the Senate Committee will hold markup hearings on both… Continue Reading

Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down, Passes Short-Term Funding Measure; Republicans Appoint Hall As CBO Director

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Legislative Activity Congress Avoids DHS Shut-Down, Passes Short-Term Funding Measure Funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will again be the top priority on the congressional agenda this week after both a “clean” full-year continuing resolution (CR) and a three-week CR failed to advance in the House, forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)… Continue Reading

DHS Funding Deadline Nears; Budget and Appropriations Committees at Work; Republicans Narrow Search for New CBO Director

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Legislative Activity DHS Funding Deadline Nears Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding expires on Friday, February 27, leaving only days for Congress to act to fund DHS. The Senate has not been able to overcome a Democratic filibuster of the House DHS funding legislation (H.R. 240), which includes policy riders blocking the President’s executive actions… Continue Reading

President Submits Proposed FY 2016 Budget to Congress; Republicans Continue Search for new Congressional Budget Office Chief

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Legislative Activity President Submits Proposed FY 2016 Budget to Congress On Monday, February 2, the President submitted his proposed FY 2016 budget to Congress, kick-starting the annual budget and appropriations process. His $4.066 trillion proposal called for tens of billions of dollars in new spending, arguing that the Federal deficit has been cut and the… Continue Reading

Previewing the President’s FY 2016 Budget; Congressional Budget Office Releases Budget and Economic Outlook

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Legislative Activity Previewing the President’s FY 2016 Budget The Administration will release the President’s FY 2016 budget later today, Monday, February 2. Federal agencies will host briefings to outline the President’s priorities and provide background on the proposed budget numbers. Congressional budget committees will then kick-off a series of hearings on these proposals starting Tuesday,… Continue Reading

Budget Season Approaches; Appropriations Committee Chairman Cochran Previews Appropriations Process; Appropriations Cardinals Selected

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Legislative Activity Budget Season Approaches The White House is expected to release the President’s FY 2016 budget on Monday, February 2, a plan that would meet the mandated deadline for the first time in five years. Following the President’s January 20 State of the Union remarks, White House officials reportedly said that his FY 2016… Continue Reading

DHS Spending Bill Slated for Consideration by House; President’s FY 2016 Budget Expected on February 2; House Formally Adopts Shift to Dynamic Scoring; CBO Director Appointment May Take Weeks

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Legislative Activity DHS Spending Bill Slated for Consideration by House Late on Friday, January 9, House Republicans released a draft bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 30, the end of the fiscal year. DHS is currently operating under a short-term continuing resolution passed as part of the Consolidated and Further… Continue Reading

114th Congress Prepares for Busy Appropriations and Budget Season; Republicans Announce Shift to “Dynamic Scoring”; Expected Budget and Appropriations Committee Leadership

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Legislative Activity 114th Congress Prepares for Busy Appropriations and Budget Season    Legislators are gearing up for a busy agenda at the start of the 114th Congress, including several key appropriations and budget priorities. On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (also known as the “CRomnibus”). The CRomnibus funds… Continue Reading

Appropriators Remain Optimistic For FY 2015 Omnibus Spending Bill

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Legislative Activity FY 2015 Appropriations Resolution of the FY 2015 federal budget will be a top priority of the lame duck session as the Continuing Resolution (P.L. 113-164) under which the federal government is currently operating expires on December 11. Before the election recess, the House passed seven of its spending bills while disagreements on… Continue Reading

House and Senate United in Passage of Continuing Resolution

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Legislative Activity Congress Approves CR Last week, the House and Senate both approved a short-term FY 2015 Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J. Res. 124) that will maintain federal discretionary spending through December 11. The measure also authorizes military action to train and equip Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic state (ISIS/ISIL). The CR sustains… Continue Reading

Appropriations Process Has Fallen Victim To Election-Year Partisanship And Political Positioning

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Legislative Activity FY 2015 Appropriations Action Regular order in the appropriations process once again seems to have fallen victim to election-year partisanship and political positioning. With fewer than 14 legislative days left before the August recess, a Continuing Resolution (CR) funding the government at least into the lame duck session is quickly becoming more than… Continue Reading

Senate Appropriators Continue Work On FY 2015 Spending Bills

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY FY 2015 Appropriations Action Senate appropriators will continue their work on FY 2015 spending bills this week despite significant setbacks last week when the committee postponed its consideration of the Energy and Water bill and the Agriculture-CJS-THUD minibus (H.R. 4660) was effectively pulled from the Senate floor when leaders could not agree on… Continue Reading

Senate Anticipates Its First FY 2015 Appropriations Minibus

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY FY 2015 Appropriations Action This week the Senate is anticipated to bring up its first FY 2015 appropriations minibus, a package including the Commerce-Justice-Science (S. 2437/Rept. 113-181), Transportation-Housing (S. 2438/Rept. 113-182), and Agriculture (S. 2389/Rept. 113-164) spending bills. Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) reports the bills will be open to amendments during floor… Continue Reading

House Scheduled To Consider Its Fourth And Fifth FY 2015 Spending Bills This Week

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY FY 2015 Appropriations Action The House is scheduled to consider its fourth and fifth FY 2015 spending bills this week – Transportation-Housing (H.R. 4745/H. Rept. 113-464) and Agriculture (H.R. 4800/H. Rept. 113-468) – while the Appropriations Committee continues its efforts to approve all FY 2015 spending bills by the July 4 recess. Senate… Continue Reading

House And Senate Appropriators Continue To Work Toward Their Self-Imposed Deadlines

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY FY 2015 Appropriations Action While House members are working in their congressional districts this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will continue its work on FY 2015 spending bills, with subcommittee and committee markups scheduled for the Transportation-HUD and Commerce-Justice-Science bills. House and Senate appropriators continue to work toward their self-imposed deadlines to complete… Continue Reading

House Appropriations Committee Resumes Efforts On FY 2015 Spending Bills, While Senate Begins Work With Two Subcommittee Markups

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY FY 2015 Appropriations Action The House Appropriations Committee resumes its efforts on FY 2015 spending bills this week, while the Senate begins it work with two subcommittee markups and possible full committee consideration of Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) proposal on how to spread $1.014 trillion in discretionary spending among the 12 appropriations bills… Continue Reading

FY 2015 Legislative Branch And Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bills Pass The House By Large Margins

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY House Passes First FY 2015 Appropriations Bills Last week, the FY 2015 Legislative Branch (H.R. 4487/H.Rept. 113-417) and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon) (H.R. 4486/H.Rept. 113-416) appropriations bills passed the House by large margins.  These two measures are considered to be the least contentious of the appropriations bills; hence, the real test will begin… Continue Reading

House Will Begin Consideration Of The FY 2015 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs And The Legislative Branch Spending Bills

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY House To Begin Floor Consideration of FY 2015 Appropriations Bills According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House will begin consideration of the FY 2015 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon) (H.R. 4486/H.Rept. 113-416) and the Legislative Branch (H.R. 4487/H.Rept. 113-417) spending bills this week. The House Rules Committee is expected to meet… Continue Reading

House Leaders Will Bring Paul RyanFY 2015 Budget Resolution To A Floor Vote

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY House Will Take Up FY 2015 Budget Resolution Confident they have a sufficient number of Republican votes, House leaders will bring Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) FY 2015 Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 96) to a floor vote this week. The resolution maintains the $1.014 trillion FY 2015 discretionary spending cap established… Continue Reading

Paul Ryan Expected To Release His FY 2015 Budget Resolution

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY House Will Take Up FY 2015 Budget Resolution House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) is expected to release his FY 2015 Budget Resolution this week, with a tentative committee markup planned for Wednesday. Chairman Ryan is expected to outline an even more conservative fiscal approach than he did for FY 2014, including… Continue Reading

Senate And House Appropriations Committees Schedule Multiple FY 2015 Budget Hearings

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Appropriations Work Continues The Senate and House Appropriations Committees will resume FY 2015 Budget hearings in full force when they return from recess this week. This week’s hearings Senate Appropriations Committee FY 2015 Budget Hearings Tuesday, March 25: The Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Budget Request for the… Continue Reading

President Obama Submits His FY 2015 Budget Proposal To Congress

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Appropriations Work Begins Following last week’s submission by President Obama of his FY 2015 Budget Proposal to Congress, appropriators are set to begin work in earnest on the FY 2015 spending bills. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) previously stated that her committee would not take up a budget resolution for FY… Continue Reading

House Ways And Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp Will Release A Comprehensive Draft Of A Tax Code Rewrite

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY House Tax Overhaul House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has told GOP panel members he will release a “comprehensive discussion draft” this week of a tax code rewrite. While getting a major change in tax law this year is widely considered to be a long shot, this marks a turning… Continue Reading