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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

House Republicans Are Still Considering Options For Add-Ons To The Debt Ceiling Increase

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Debt Ceiling According to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Congress has approximately three weeks – until February 27 – to extend the nation’s debt ceiling (the current suspension expired on Friday; however, the Department of Treasury is able to extend the deadline using “extraordinary measures”). House Republicans are still considering options for add-ons to… Continue Reading

Department Of Treasury Predicts The Extension Of Nation’s Debt Ceiling

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Debt Ceiling The suspension of the nation’s debt ceiling authorized by the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution (P.L. 113-46) will expire on Friday; however, the Department of Treasury predicts it will be able to extend the deadline through the end of February using accounting techniques knows as “extraordinary measures”. The debt ceiling increase was… Continue Reading

FY 2014 Continuing Resolution Enacted In October Suspends The Debt Ceiling Through February 7

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Debt Ceiling The FY 2014 Continuing Resolution enacted in October (P.L. 113-46) suspended the debt ceiling through February 7. While this deadline can typically be extended for a length of time through accounting techniques known as “extraordinary measures”, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Congress to address an increase in the debt ceiling… Continue Reading

Appropriations Leaders To Introduce their $1.012 Trillion FY 2014 Appropriations Omnibus Bill

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Omnibus On Track For Votes This Week Appropriations leaders intend to introduce their $1.012 trillion FY 2014 appropriations omnibus bill today after working through the weekend in an effort to resolve the final policy differences in the Labor-HHS-Education, Financial Services, and Interior-Environment bills. The bill is expected to be sent to the President… Continue Reading

House And Senate Appropriations Staff Worked Over Holiday Recess To Reconcile Their Versions Of FY 2014 Spending Bills

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Appropriators Ready Omnibus For Action Closely guarding any progress, House and Senate Appropriations staff worked over the holiday recess to reconcile their respective versions of FY 2014 spending bills in order to incorporate them into a comprehensive omnibus package. Early this week, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Ranking Member Richard Shelby… Continue Reading

Leaders of the Budget Conference Committee Announce A Two-Year Budget Agreement

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Budget Deal Reached On Tuesday evening, the leaders of the Budget Conference Committee – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) – announced a two-year budget agreement. The budget leaders found previously unreachable middle ground by first taking both tax increases and major entitlement program cuts out of the negotiations and… Continue Reading

Budget Conference Committee’s Second Formal Meeting Yields No Sign Of Progress On A Fiscal Agreement

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE The second formal meeting of the Budget Conference Committee on Wednesday, November 13 yielded no signs of progress on a fiscal agreement. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf was present at the meeting to discuss the agency’s deficit and revenue projections over the next ten years and the economic impact… Continue Reading

Budget Conference Committee To Hold Its Second Formal Meeting

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LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Budget Conference Committee The Budget Conference Committee will hold its second formal meeting on Wednesday, November 13 in an effort to reach an agreement on a topline discretionary funding for FY 2014 and possibly a one- to two-year sequestration mitigation package. Appropriators are pushing the committee to establish the topline number by November… Continue Reading

Budget Conference Committee Holds Its First Meeting

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  LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Budget Conference Committee The Budget Conference Committee held its first meeting last Wednesday, October 30, during which member statements stressed the importance of agreement, yet highlighted their deep differences over spending and taxes. With House members back in their districts this week and the Senate scheduled to be out of session the… Continue Reading