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Senate Appropriations Committee Hold Hearings on the FY2015 Budget

Senate Legislative Activity The Senate Appropriations Committee will continue to hold hearings on the FY 2015 Budget this week. See this week’s Budget and Appropriations Capital Thinking Blog Post for further details. The Senate will convene today, Monday, March 31, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to consideration of H.R. 4302, the … Continue Reading

President Obama Submits His FY 2015 Budget Proposal To Congress

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

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

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

President Obama Signs A FY 2014 Continuing Resolution / Debt Ceiling Stopgap Agreement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY On October 17, President Barack Obama signed a FY 2014 Continuing Resolution / Debt Ceiling stopgap agreement (H.R. 2775 / P.L. 113-46) that funds the federal government at current sequester levels through January 15, 2014 and suspends the nation’s debt limit through February 7, 2014 (although this may be extended for a short … Continue Reading

President Obama Signs H.R. 2775, Ending The 16-Day Government Shutdown

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY The 16-day government shutdown ended in the wee hours of Thursday, October 17 when President Barack Obama signed H.R. 2775 ( P.L. 113-46) after it was approved by the Senate (81-18) and the House (285-144). The legislation encompassed an agreement reached last Wednesday, October 16, between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and … Continue Reading

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 Delayed

Legislative Activity WRDA Reauthorization Floor consideration of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, has been delayed due to the debate over the continuing resolution. This Week’s Hearings: Despite the shutdown, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee continues to hold hearings and conduct business as usual. The following subcommittee hearings are … Continue Reading

House Approves $595 Billion FY 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action Last week, the House approved its $595 billion FY 2014 Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) by a vote of 315-105. An amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to eliminate funding for the National Security Administration’s (NSA) telephone record collection program, which Republican leadership resisted bringing to the floor, was narrowly … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Committee Passes Three Bills: FY 2014 Commerce-Justice-Science; Financial Services; Legislative Branch

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2014 Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services, and Legislative Branch appropriations bills.  The House was expected to debate the Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2397) last week as well, but disagreements over the rule process have stalled floor action. Republican leadership would like to debate … Continue Reading

Secretary Hagel Sends Letter to Senate Committee Opposing Sequester Cuts; Defense Appropriations Bill Comes to House under Closed Rule

Legislative Branch Activity Defense Budget Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee in which he “strongly” opposed the $52 billion sequester cuts to the Defense Department’s FY 2014 Budget. He particularly cited risks to U.S. military readiness and technological superiority. Secretary Hagel noted the adverse effects … Continue Reading

Senator Chris Coons Joins Appropriations Committee

Legislative Activity Senate Appropriations Committee Membership. On Thursday, June 20, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced that Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has joined the committee to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In a statement released last week, the Chairwoman expressed her confidence in the value Sen. Coons … Continue Reading

House Appropriations Committee Approves Its FY 2014 Defense And Agriculture Spending Bills

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2014 Defense and Agriculture spending bills. The Defense bill will likely be the first to reach the House floor, possibly this week. Subcommittee action continues this week with the Energy and Water and Transportation-Housing bills both scheduled for markups (see This … Continue Reading

House Passes Military Construction-Veterans Affairs And Homeland Security Appropriations Bills

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Action on FY 2014 Appropriations Bills. Last week the House passed its first FY 2014 appropriations bills – Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (H.R. 2216) and Homeland Security (H.R. 2217). Even before the bills were brought to the floor, the White House threatened to veto both, citing its disagreement with the topline discretionary spending cap … Continue Reading

Eric Cantor Releases The House Legislative Agenda For June

Legislative Activity House Appropriations Action On Friday, May 31, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the House legislative agenda for June which includes consideration of four FY 2014 appropriations bills: Military Construction-Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA); Homeland Security; Defense; and Agriculture. The MilCon-VA (H.R. 2216) and Homeland Security (H.R. 2217) bills are both on the House … Continue Reading
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