Government Funding Runs Out Feb. 18

With little progress being made on fiscal year 2022 appropriations, it’s increasingly likely that Congress will need to pass another stopgap continuing resolution to fund the government through Sept. 30. In early December, Congress approved a short-term spending bill to keep federal agencies running through Feb. 18. Congressional appropriators have been trying to reach consensus… Read more »

Manchin Not Interested in Reviving BBB Talks

Senate Democrats would like to revive discussions on President Biden’s $1.7 trillion social and climate spending package, the Build Back Better Act, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) remains an obstacle. This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he’s had recent conversations with Manchin about the House-passed BBB but Manchin disputed the notion that… Read more »

Lawmakers Float New COVID Aid for Businesses

Lawmakers are in early discussions about another round of COVID-19 stimulus spending to benefit service-oriented businesses like restaurants and gyms that are facing hardship now as the omicron variant continues to disrupt the economy. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee, is reportedly working with Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) to craft… Read more »

Senate ‘Running Out of Time’ on Voting Rights

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is pressing for a floor vote on voting rights legislation next week but will face a difficult decision if Senate Republicans uniformly oppose the bill as expected. The Freedom to Vote Act would, among other things, ensure that states have early voting, make Election Day a public holiday and… Read more »