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 »

Congress Has Crowded Agenda Ahead of Tax Reform

Congressional leaders and the White House continue to cite tax reform as a top priority for this session but a number of other issues are complicating the legislative agenda, including advancing a health care bill, passing a budget and increasing the debt ceiling before the fall. Republican senators are still resolving ideological differences in putting… Read more »

Sanctuary Cities Issue Could Trigger Shutdown

The Trump administration is urging congressional Republicans to deny funding for sanctuary cities in a must-pass spending bill later this month, a stance that would almost certainly increase the threat of a government shutdown. When Congress returns from a two-week recess, lawmakers will be facing a deadline of April 28 to pass legislation that funds… Read more »