Trump, Dems Still Deadlocked on Budget Deal

With no long-term budget agreement in sight, Trump administration officials this week pitched a short-term deal to keep government funding levels in place and extend the government’s borrowing authority for one year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the White House will not allow another government shutdown so a deal must be reached to fund the… Read more »

House Democrats Advance “Wall-Free” Spending Bill

House Democrats on Tuesday advanced a Homeland Security spending bill that includes no funding for President Trump’s border wall, setting up another possible government shutdown later this year. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security spending bill on a party-line 29-20 vote, and the bill should be on the House floor later in June…. Read more »

Congress Postpones Spending Fight

Both the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution today to fund the government for two weeks, through Dec. 21, to allow more time to negotiate funding for nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller federal agencies. President Trump has said he will sign the stopgap funding measure, but he still wants $5 billion for… Read more »

Government Funding Awaits Lame Duck Congress

Congress has returned to work this week needing to agree on seven fiscal 2019 spending bills to prevent a partial shutdown from beginning on Dec. 7. After last week’s midterm elections, the political dynamic has changed with Democrats gaining at least 32 seats to retake the House, with several races still undecided. Reaching common ground… Read more »

GOP Scrambling to Avoid Shutdown

House leaders have laid out plans to pass several “minibus” packages to fund government agencies before government funding expires on Sept. 30. Various policy disputes and the White House are complicating the process, however. Spending negotiations have slowed since Congress’s return from August recess due to debate over dozens of policy riders and President Trump’s… Read more »