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Appropriations Process All But Over, CR Likely; Budget Negotiations Possible, But Who and When is Unclear

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Legislative Activity Appropriations Process All But Over, CR Likely The appropriations process is almost certainly over and when Congress returns from the August recess there will be just ten legislative days before federal funding runs out, hardly enough time to negotiate a budget deal or an omnibus spending bill. As anticipated, Congress will likely pass… Continue Reading

Congress Shuffles Closer to a Budget Deal, as Appropriations Process Stops; Budget Reconciliation Will Wait Until After August Recess

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Legislative Activity Congress Shuffles Closer to a Budget Deal, as Appropriations Process Stops The appropriations process is all but over, after a Confederate flag flap during floor debate of the House Interior-Environment bill brought the process to a standstill. While the appropriations committees in both the House and Senate may mark-up their final appropriations bills… Continue Reading

Appropriations Process on the Floor Comes to a Standstill, in Both Houses; Heading Towards a Shutdown or a Continuing Resolution

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Legislative Activity Appropriations Process on the Floor Comes to a Standstill, in Both Houses After an unplanned public fight over a confederate flag amendment in the Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill the House appropriations process has stalled, effectively bringing appropriations efforts on the floor for both Houses of Congress to a standstill just three weeks before the… Continue Reading

Senate Appropriations Process Stalled for Foreseeable Future; Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill on the House Floor

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Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Process Stalled for Foreseeable Future Both the House and Senate are on schedule to finish voting all 12 appropriations bills out of committee, which if successful would be the first time in six years. However, the process is likely to remain stalled in the Senate, as Senate Democrats are expected to… Continue Reading

Senate Appropriations Process Stalls as Democrats Look to Force a Budget Deal; What a Budget Deal Might Look Like

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Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Process Stalls as Democrats Look to Force a Budget Deal The Senate appropriations process has stalled, and it is unclear how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will proceed this week. Last Thursday, Senate Democrats followed through with their announced strategy to stop appropriations bills from reaching the Senate floor by… Continue Reading

Senate Democrats Continue to Push for a Budget Deal; House and Senate Continue Appropriations Markups

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Legislative Activity Senate Democrats Continue to Push for a Budget Deal In the coming weeks, Senate Democrats will implement a strategy intended to force Republicans into a budget deal. Senate Democratic leadership does not want to rely on President Obama’s vetoes of appropriations bills to force Republicans into negotiations, and will likely prevent any appropriations… Continue Reading

Transportation-Housing and Defense Appropriations Bills on the House Floor; Senate and House Markup Hearings Continue This Week

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Legislative Activity Transportation-Housing and Defense Appropriations Bills on the House Floor The House will continue consideration of the Transportation-Housing (T-HUD) Appropriations Bill this week. The House was expected to vote on the $55.3 billion measure last Thursday, but leadership said a large number of amendments required pushing the vote to this week. Rail safety was… Continue Reading

Appropriations Bills Head to House Floor; Appropriations Committee Markup Hearings

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Legislative Activity Appropriations Bills Head to House Floor The House will debate the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) and the Transportation and Housing (T-HUD) FY 2016 Appropriations Bills on the floor this week. Both bills adhere to the sequester’s spending limits, even though President Obama has threatened to veto any appropriations bills that do not adjust the caps…. Continue Reading

Senate Joins House in Appropriations Effort; Appropriations Process to Heat Up

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Legislative Activity Senate Joins House in Appropriations Effort Senate Appropriators begin work on their FY 2016 spending bills this week, with subcommittee markups scheduled Tuesday for the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Energy-Water appropriations bills. Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) has not publicly revealed how he apportions the mandated topline discretionary funding level of $1.07 trillion… Continue Reading

Democrats Continue to Push for a Budget Deal; Senate Looks Toward Appropriations Markups; House to Mark Up Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill

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Legislative Activity Democrats Continue to Push for a Budget Deal The President and Democrats in the House and Senate continue to pressure Republicans for a budget deal to replace the sequester’s strict spending limits. Most House Democrats voted against the two sequester-level appropriations bills that were recently considered on the House floor, President Obama has… Continue Reading

House and Senate Nearing Budget Conference Agreement; Energy-Water and Milcon/VA Appropriations Bills Head to House Floor; Democrats Push for a Budget Deal

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Legislative Activity House and Senate Nearing Budget Conference Agreement House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) included possible consideration of the budget conference report on this week’s House schedule, and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Michael Enzi (R-WY) said he is optimistic the House and Senate budget conferees can come to an agreement this week, noting he… Continue Reading

House and Senate Budget Conference; Appropriations 302(b) Allocations and Spending Limits; House Appropriations Committee to Mark Up Appropriations Bills

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Legislative Activity House and Senate Budget Conference The House and Senate budget conference committee will hold a public conference meeting on Monday, as they attempt to negotiate a joint agreement on a fiscal 2016 budget resolution that can pass both houses of Congress. Most of the Committee’s upcoming negotiations will take place in private, and… Continue Reading

House and Senate Budget Conference; House Subcommittees to Mark Up Appropriations Bills

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Legislative Activity House and Senate Budget Conference The House and Senate Budget Committees are working towards a budget resolution that will pass both the House and the Senate. The Budget Committee Chairmen, Representative Tom Price (R-GA) and Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), returned early from the two-week recess to discuss the budget resolutions, as they try… Continue Reading

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