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 […]

Weekly Legislative Report May 13, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/Budget The full Senate on Thursday voted 90-8 the FY17 Energy-Water appropriations bill, the first under regular order since 2009.  The $37.5 billion FY17 bill (H.R. 2028) would raise spending by $355 million above FY16 enacted levels and $261 million over the president’s budget request, rejecting a $1.4 billion cut to […]

Weekly Legislative Report April 29, 2016

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Appropriations/ Budget No additional FY17 spending bills were considered by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees this week.  The Senate continued consideration of the Energy-Water bill on the floor, but hit a snag on Wednesday when Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) unveiled a surprise amendment related to the Iran nuclear deal that […]