Tag Archives: Appropriations

Government Shutdown Looms as Current CR Expires Friday; White House Expresses Interest in Bipartisan Negotiations

Legislative Activity Government Shutdown Looms as Current CR Expires Friday; White House Expresses Interest in Bipartisan Negotiations Congress faces a short time frame to pass a spending package for the remainder of the current fiscal year and prevent a government shutdown as the current FY 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR/P.L. 114-254) expires Friday at midnight. House … Continue Reading

Future of Budget Reconciliation Unclear; President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request Begins Moving Through Congressional Process

Legislative Activity Budget Reconciliation and FY 17 Appropriations The House FY 17 budget reconciliation measure- the American Health Care Act, aimed at “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act- did not receive a floor vote last week, and its future is now uncertain. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the House Republican party “will need … Continue Reading

Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint and Sends FY 2017 Military and Border Supplemental to Congress

Executive Branch Activity Trump Releases FY 2018 Budget Blueprint Last week, President Donald Trump released his FY 2018 “skinny budget,” intended to serve as the blueprint for his full budget request expected in May. As anticipated, the $1.1 trillion budget request adheres to the topline discretionary spending cap of $1.1 trillion mandated by the Budget … Continue Reading

President Releases “Skinny Budget”; Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity President Releases “Skinny Budget” On March 16, the Administration released the President’s “Skinny Budget.” As is typical with a budget outline provided by a new President, the request is very high level and does not include nearly the detail of a full budget proposal. The Administration has said it will release its full … Continue Reading

House Passes FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill; President Trump to Deliver FY 2018 Budget Outline This Week; Debt Ceiling Suspension Expires This Week

Legislative Activity FY 2017: House Passes Defense Appropriations Bill, What About the Rest? The House passed its $577.9 billion FY 2017 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 1301) last week by a vote of 371-48 which included a $6.8 billion increase in procurement funding above the Obama Administration’s budget request for the fiscal year. The chamber still … Continue Reading

Transportation Stakeholders Hopeful for More Information This Week; House Transportation Committee Holds Hearing on FAST Act Implementation; President Trump Will Nominate Jeffrey Rosen as DOT Deputy Secretary

Legislative Activity Transportation Stakeholders Hopeful for More Information This Week As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to develop a large-scale infrastructure proposal, transportation stakeholders are hopeful they will get additional information this week. The President’s ‘Skinny Budget” is expected to be released on Thursday, March 16. While it is unclear how much detail will … Continue Reading

Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill Revives Process; Legislative Fate of Other Spending Bills Uncertain; President Trump’s Budget Receives Differing Reactions; House Appropriators Begin Work on FY 2018

Legislative Activity FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill The House is expected to vote on its FY 2017 defense spending bill this week. The legislation, released by appropriators on Thursday, totals $577.9 billion, which is $5.2 billion higher than  the FY 2016 level, and in line with the parameters contained in last year’s National Defense Authorization … Continue Reading

Secretary Chao Discusses Infrastructure Priorities as Administration Begins to Release More Details; Appropriations Committees to Hold Hearings on THUD Issues; House Transportation Committee to Hold Third FAA Hearing

Legislative Activity Secretary Chao Discusses Infrastructure Priorities as Administration Begins to Release More Details As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to develop a large-scale infrastructure proposal, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary, Elaine Chao, discussed the Administration’s priorities. Speaking to the National Governors Association last week, Secretary Chao acknowledged challenges in passing the $1 … Continue Reading

Congress Looks to Finalize Funding for the Current Fiscal Year; Trump’s FY 2018 “Skinny Budget” Expected Mid-March

Executive Branch Activity Trump’s FY 2018 “Skinny Budget” Expected Mid-March The Trump Administration is reporting it will release its FY 2018 budget proposal by mid-March, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The proposal is expected to be a “skinny budget” and provide an outline of the President’s fiscal goals, while a more comprehensive … Continue Reading

Fiscal Year 2018 Pared-down Budget Expected in “Next Few Weeks”; Reconciliation Timeline Still Unclear; Border Wall Costs Higher than Expected

Legislative Activity President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal The Trump Administration intends to release a FY 2018 budget proposal within the “next several weeks” according to President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. It is likely that this submission will be an outline (“skinny budget”) which will lay the groundwork for a more complete budget plan … Continue Reading

Mulvaney Confirmation Vote Moves to Full Senate; Debate Continues on the Return of Earmarks; President Trump to Deliver Delayed Budget Request

Legislative Activity OMB Director-Nominee Rep. Mulvaney’s Confirmation Vote Moves to the Full Senate Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) is one step closer to being confirmed as President Donald Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after being confirmed in a party-line vote by the Senate Committee on the Budget (12-11) and the Senate … Continue Reading

Republican Conference Emerges from Retreat with Tentative Plans on Reconciliation; Supplemental Funding Legislation for Border Wall Expected; OMB Nominee Mick Mulvaney Faces Tough Questions

Legislative Activity Last week, the Republican Conference held its annual retreat in Philadelphia. Although members left the meeting without a clear path forward on numerous items, it was clear that they intend to have a busy legislative schedule over the next year. With regard to fiscal issues, Republicans remain committed to passing two budget reconciliation … Continue Reading

House, Senate Pass Budget Resolution in First Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

Legislative Activity House and Senate Pass FY 2017 Budget Resolution to Set into Motion the Repeal of Obamacare Last week, Congress passed a budget resolution (S Con Res 3) that will serve as a first step in paving the way for budget reconciliation and eventual repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. … Continue Reading

Appropriations Path Forward Unclear; President Obama Requests Additional Funding for Defense and State Department

Legislative Activity Appropriations Path Forward Unclear Congress will return this week for a “lame duck” session without a clear path forward for Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations. Several possibilities are under discussion, including extending the current Continuing Resolution (CR); an Omnibus; a series of “minibus” bills; or a combination thereof.  A consensus on a plan is … Continue Reading

Senate Scheduled to Vote on Continuing Resolution on Tuesday; Conservative House Members Introduce 40-Day Spending Extension

Legislative Activity The text of the Fiscal Year  2017 continuing resolution (CR) was released by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on September 22. The $1.067 trillion spending legislation would provide full fiscal year funding for the Military Construction and Veterans Administration programs and run through December 9, 2016.  The bill includes $1.1 billion for  … Continue Reading

No Trucking Rider in Continuing Resolution; NHTSA Releases Automated Vehicle Guidance

Legislative Activity No Trucking Rider in Continuing Resolution The current fiscal year ends on September 30, and Congress will need to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue funding the federal government. The Senate is expected to vote on a CR that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced last week that does not include a … Continue Reading

Continuing Resolution and Zika Negotiations Persist, Vote Could Occur Early This Week

Legislative Activity Continuing Resolution and Zika Negotiations Persist, Vote Could Occur Early This Week The Senate is likely to take a procedural cloture vote to move onto debate of the vehicle for the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Resolution (CR) as soon as Monday afternoon. Negotiations on the legislation occurred throughout the weekend, and compromise language … Continue Reading

Continuing Resolution Likely, with Potential Trucking Rider

Legislative Activity Continuing Resolution Likely, with Potential Trucking Rider The current fiscal year ends on September 30, and Congress will need to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue funding the federal government. The Senate is expected to pass a CR this week that would fund the federal government through December 9. That approach would … Continue Reading

Congress Returns, Appropriations Path Forward Still Unclear; Zika Funding Debate Continues

Legislative Activity Congress Returns, Appropriations Path Forward Still Unclear Congress returned from a seven week recess, but there is still no clear path forward for a Continuing Resolution (CR), which must pass before September 30. Although the Senate is scheduled to be in session until October 7, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority … Continue Reading

Congress to Continue Focus on Appropriations; Senate to Vote on WRDA

Congress to Continue Focus on Appropriations The current fiscal year ends on September 30, and Congress will need to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) in the next few weeks to continue funding the federal government. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed advancing a CR that would extend funding for the federal government … Continue Reading

House to Consider FY 2017 Interior-Environment Spending Legislation; House Appropriations Committee to Mark-Up Final Two Remaining Spending Bills; Senate Action Stalls; Future of Zika Negotiations Unclear; Division Over Length of a Fiscal Continuing Resolution

Legislative Activity House Floor Consideration of Interior-Environment Appropriations The House Committee on Rules will meet this evening to review the 157 amendments filed to the Interior-Environment FY 2017 appropriations legislation (H.R. 5538), many of which would halt the implementation of climate and environment rules proposed by the Administration, such as those related to fracking and … Continue Reading

House Moves Forward Perkins CTE Reauthorization and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill; WIOA Final Rules Released

Legislative Activity House Committee on Education and the Workforce Approves Reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act  The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 5587, theStrengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA), the legislation reauthorizes and … Continue Reading

House Passes Legislative Branch Appropriations Legislation Under Structured Rule, Committee Work Continues

Legislative Activity House Passes Legislative Appropriations Bill Last week, the House passed a $3.5 billion FY 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill by a vote of 233-175, largely along party lines, after Speaker Paul Ryan brought the bill to the floor under a “structured rule” to limit amendments. Reversing his stance for an open amendment process, … Continue Reading

Senate Still Needs To Act To Conference Comprehensive Energy Legislation; Senate Looks At Energy Tax Policy; Interior Seeks Comment On Appropriate Oil and Gas Valuation

Legislative Action Comprehensive Energy Bill As we have previously reported, while the House has voted to go to conference on comprehensive energy legislation and has already appointed its conferees, the Senate has yet to do the same. Work continues in the Senate to clear potential obstacles to agreeing to a conference with the House and … Continue Reading
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