Weekly Legislative Report May 12, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget Congress may have the freedom to make progress on the FY18 budget without endangering the FY17 reconciliation instructions for a Republican health care bill.  The Senate in 2006 adopted its version of a fiscal 2007 budget resolution and later in the year passed a reconciliation […]

Weekly Legislative Report May 5, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget The fiscal 2017 omnibus bill (HR 244) was released early Monday and passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 309-118.  Senators on Thursday voted 79-18 to clear the $1.07 trillion spending package, sending it to the White House for signature.  President Trump signed the […]

Weekly Legislative Report Apr 28, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget Fiscal Year 2017 Late Wednesday night, House appropriators filed a one-week continuing resolution to fund the government through May 5 and buy more time for negotiators to reach a final spending deal for the remainder of the current fiscal year.  The CR maintains funding levels […]

Weekly Legislative Report Apr 7, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget Negotiations continued this week to try and finalize FY17 spending bills before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on April 28.  When lawmakers return from the two-week recess in late April, they will have just four joint legislative days to complete floor action on an […]

Weekly Legislative Report Mar 31, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget With just eight days remaining in which both chambers are in session before current government funding expires on April 28, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate republican leaders expect a FY17 spending package to begin in the House. Only one of the regular 12 appropriations […]

Weekly Legislative Report Mar 24, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget The FY18 budget process already promises to run behind schedule, which may lead to another stopgap spending measure extending current funding levels to avoid a government shutdown. President Trump proposed an outline of discretionary spending last week, with the full budget not coming until May. […]

Weekly Legislative Report Mar 10, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations On Thursday, the House passed a conferenced version of the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill, which will now be sent to the Senate.  Given the shrinking legislative calendar and a host of items on Republicans’ agenda, such as repeal and replace of […]

Weekly Legislative Report Mar 3, 2017

source: Capital Decisions Newsletter J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget President Donald Trump will send his budget outline, or “skinny budget” to Congress on March 16.  The larger budget request will be sent to Congress in early May. That budget will propose a 10 percent increase in defense spending ($54 billion), taking defense up to […]

Weekly Legislative Report Feb 17, 2017

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations Senior GOP House appropriators have been directed by leadership to commence spending negotiations with their Senate counterparts over final government funding for the current fiscal year.  The tentative plan is to complete the 11 remaining appropriations bills for FY17 and attempt to pass them either individually or in small […]

Weekly Legislative Report Feb 10, 2017

J.R. Reskovac Sarah Strup Herbert Appropriations/Budget Congress Republicans’ difficulties in coming up with legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could incite a chain reaction, delaying the FY18 budget resolution, appropriations and a tax overhaul. The reconciliation measure to partially repeal and replace ACA (PL 111-148, PL 111-152), which House committees are currently working […]