GOP Leaders Tamp Down Shutdown Talk

The House is set to vote today on a short-term funding bill to keep the government open for another two weeks and prevent a shutdown. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he’s confident Republicans have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to fund government agencies until Dec. 22, buying lawmakers more time to send a… Read more »

GOP, Democrats Spar Over Government Funding

With just a week left to reach a deal to fund the government, President Trump and Democratic leaders took turns this week asserting who the country would blame if there is a government shutdown. Though congressional leaders said talks will continue, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) cancelled… Read more »

IRS Budget Stays at $11.1 Billion in Senate Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed to set the IRS budget for fiscal year 2018 at $11.1 billion, matching the funding level in the House bill passed earlier this year. As with previous budget allocations, the Senate Appropriations funding includes stipulations that the IRS cannot use funding to target certain groups for regulatory scrutiny –… Read more »

Ryan Mulling Short-Term Spending Bill

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reportedly wants Congress to finish tax reform before trying to do a year-end budget deal with Democrats. Government funding runs out on Dec. 8 but tax reform might not be done by then. The Senate wants to take up its own tax bill after Thanksgiving and then House and Senate negotiators… Read more »

House Passes Budget, Paves Way for Tax Reform

House Republicans narrowly passed the Senate’s budget plan today, clearing a major hurdle in their quest to overhaul the tax code this year. The budget legislation is a far cry from the plan the House initially passed, which would have required lawmakers to offset the costs of new tax cuts and slash mandatory spending by… Read more »