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 »

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 »