Senate Passes Short-Term Spending Bill

The Senate on Sept. 18 passed a short-term spending bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 7, which would postpone any threat of a government shutdown until after the midterm elections. The short-term spending bill is attached to an appropriations package containing 2019 funding for the Pentagon as well as for the Labor,… Read more »

Congress Approves ‘Minibus’ Spending Package

House and Senate leaders reached agreement on a package of three spending bills before departing early for a previously scheduled recess next week. The conference report also includes a continuing resolution that will keep all government agencies funded through at least Dec. 7, likely preventing any threat of government shutdown before the fall elections. The… Read more »

House Bill Would Delay Cadillac Tax

The House may vote today on a bill to delay the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost employer-provided health insurance for an additional year, until Jan. 1, 2023. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), would also modify the ACA’s employer mandate by changing the threshold for classifying a full-time employee… Read more »

Senate Confirms Rettig at IRS

Despite opposition from many Democrats, the Senate voted 64-33 Sept. 12 to confirm Charles Rettig as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Rettig’s confirmation gives the IRS its first full-time commissioner in nearly a year. He will take over an agency charged with implementing the most significant tax code overhaul in 30 years. The… Read more »

Ways and Means to Vote on Tax 2.0 Package

The House Ways and Means Committee is expected to pass its “Tax 2.0” package that would make permanent already-passed tax changes for individuals and small businesses and make it easier for families to save for retirement. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said the three bills that make up “Tax 2.0” collectively build… Read more »