GOP May Skip Budget Process

Republican leaders may skip trying to pass a budget this year, according to POLITICO, which would effectively kill any possibility of repealing Obamacare or revamping entitlement programs this year. Foregoing a budget this year would limit with GOP leaders could pass because it would preclude them from using the reconciliation tool that allowed them to… Read more »

Another Short-Term Funding Bill Likely

Congressional leaders from both parties met with White House staff yesterday to begin hashing out a budget deal and avoid another government shutdown threat. Before the meeting, however, there was a lot of political posturing about the upcoming Jan. 19 deadline to avoid a shutdown. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent a letter to… Read more »

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 »