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 »

GOP Scrambling to Avoid Shutdown

House leaders have laid out plans to pass several “minibus” packages to fund government agencies before government funding expires on Sept. 30. Various policy disputes and the White House are complicating the process, however. Spending negotiations have slowed since Congress’s return from August recess due to debate over dozens of policy riders and President Trump’s… Read more »