Weekly Legislative Report Sept 23, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has scheduled a vote on a continuing resolution (click here for CR and CR Sections) without legislative riders to keep the government operating beyond the end of the month. Democrats oppose the bill due to the exclusion of emergency funding to rebuild water infrastructure in […]

Weekly Legislative Report Sept 16, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget Talks continued this week on a continuing resolution (CR) extending spending until December 9 at FY16 levels and including emergency aid to fight Zika, as well as the FY17 Military Construction-VA spending bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has teed up a procedural vote on the legislative vehicle […]

Weekly Legislative Report July 15, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget To date both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved all twelve of their FY17 spending bills.  The Senate has passed three and the House six of the FY17 bills so far.  The Senate on Thursday rejected a second attempt to move toward a vote on the Military […]

Weekly Legislative Report July 8, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget Senate Democrats are beginning to revolt against FY17 spending bills they say violate last year’s bipartisan budget deal and are threatening to drop their support for further work on FY17 spending bills. They say the budget deal called for roughly equal levels of defense and domestic discretionary spending and […]

Weekly Legislative Report July 1, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget The Senate Appropriations Committee this week completed work on all 12 of their FY17 spending bills with the approval of their FY17 State-Foreign Operations bill.  The vote marked the earliest the panel has completed its work since 1988.  The House was not in session this week, but could consider […]

Weekly Legislative Report Jun 24, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget The House voted 239-171 early Thursday morning to pass a $1.1 billion Zika virus response package and FY17 Military Construction-VA appropriations bill (H.R. 2577), following a sit-in demonstration by Democrats who demanded a vote on gun control legislation.  There was no debate allowed on the spending bill. The vote […]

Weekly Legislative Report Jun 17, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget Defense The full House on Thursday voted 282-138 to pass a $575.8 billion FY17 defense appropriations bill (H.R. 5293) that includes $58.7 billion to pay for Overseas Contingency Operations or ongoing wars.  The legislation provides $517.1 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $3 billion above FY16 and $587 […]

Weekly Legislative Report Jun 10, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved their FY17 Labor HHS bill by a vote of 29-1.  Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was the only dissenting vote.  The bill would provide $161.9 billion in discretionary spending, $270 million below the FY16 level and $2 billion below the administration’s budget request.  The […]

Weekly Legislative Report May 27, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget On Thursday the House voted 112-305 to reject the FY17 Energy and Water spending bill after the bill was bogged down with controversial amendments on wide-ranging topics like the Iran nuclear agreement, sanctuary cities, the North Carolina transgender bathroom law, and protections for LGBT individuals. Given that this is […]

Weekly Legislative Report May 20, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget Senators voted overwhelmingly, 89-8, to pass their Transportation-HUD and Military Construction-VA appropriation measures Thursday.  They are the second and third spending bills to advance out of the Senate this year, with a $1.1 billion Zika spending plan attached to the package.  In total, the Senate bill provided approximately $140 […]