Senate Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The Senate passed a stopgap spending bill earlier today to keep the government running through Nov. 21. The 82-15 vote came a week after the House passed the same measure so the Senate’s action will send the bill to President Trump for his signature. Once signed by President Trump, the short-term CR will give Congress… Read more »

Senate Bill Would Boost IRS Funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a fiscal 2020 spending bill today that would fund the IRS at $11.4 billion, including an additional $200 million for enforcement activities to address the tax gap. The IRS has long pleaded with Congress for additional funding to aid enforcement and collection efforts but has dealt with budget cuts for… Read more »

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The House passed a “clean” short-term spending bill today that would fund the government through late November, putting off any tussle over President Trump’s border policies until later in the year. The Senate is expected to clear the bill next week and President Trump is expected to sign it. House progressives initially debated whether to… Read more »

Senate Spending Talks Off to Bumpy Start

Senate appropriators are bogged down in partisan disputes this week as lawmakers scramble to fund the government past Sept. 30. None of the 12 annual spending bills have reached the Senate floor, and the Senate Appropriations Committee announced it will postpone a markup of its Labor-HHS-Education bill after Democrats prepared amendments to restrict a Trump… Read more »

Congress Likely to Need Short-Term CR

House leaders last Friday briefed their rank-and-file members on the likelihood that Congress will need to pass another short-term spending patch to keep the government running until late November or early December. In a call with House Democrats last week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) pointed out that the summer recess does not end… Read more »