Spending Bill Likely to Include Harvey Aid

Republican leaders sound increasingly likely to tie disaster relief funding for Hurricane Harvey to a larger bill to fund the government and raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Avoiding a government shutdown and raising the nation’s borrowing limit are top priorities for September when Congress returns from recess, and including the disaster aid could increase pressure… Read more »

Trump Threatens Shutdown over Border Wall Funding

With a difficult legislative agenda on deck when Congress returns from its August recess, President Trump this week called for a government shutdown if Congress does not approve funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump has been critical of “obstructionist” Democrats, but also of Republican lawmakers who he feels are not pushing his… Read more »

House Budget Plan Includes Spending Cuts

House Republicans unveiled a 2018 budget plan on Wednesday night that provides a path forward on tax reform but also includes more than $200 billion in spending cuts that could lead to further GOP infighting. Under the House plan, defense spending would steadily increase over 10 years while all non-defense discretionary spending would decline, as would… Read more »

Budget Showdown Looming This Fall

Congressional leaders remain preoccupied with health-care legislation this week, but a budget showdown is looming this fall that could lead to a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a bill to fund Homeland Security at the administration’s requested level of $1.6 billion for the next fiscal year. That money would help… Read more »

IL Legislature Close to Resolving Budget Impasse

Illinois lawmakers are very close to ending a budget impasse that has consumed the legislature for more than two years. Over the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the $36 billion spending plan which includes a permanent personal income tax hike from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. Rauner had been pushing for a… Read more »