House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The House passed a bill today to prevent a government shutdown and continue funding for federal programs and services through April 28, 2017. The continuing resolution maintains the fiscal year 2017 budget cap level of $1.07 trillion put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2011. “This legislation is just a Band-Aid, but a… Read more »

Pelosi Chosen Again as House Democratic Leader

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Nov. 30 won her race to lead House Democrats for another two-year term, though the 134-63 vote was the closest margin of victory in Pelosi’s 14 year stint atop the caucus. Pelosi faced a late challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who argued that the caucus needed change… Read more »

GOP Game-Planning for Obamacare Repeal

Congressional Republicans are coalescing around a plan to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in early 2017, but delay the effective date for that repeal for as long as three years. That plan would hopefully satisfy long-time conservative critics of Obamacare, while giving Republican leaders time to come up with a workable replacement bill… Read more »

Ways and Means Committee Taking Shape

Committee assignments for the 115th Congress won’t take place until December, but there are several seats to fill on the influential House Ways and Means Committee which would have jurisdiction over any tax changes and potentially repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the current Congress, Republicans hold 24 seats on Ways and Means… Read more »

Trump Calling for Short-Term Spending Bill

House leaders have agreed with the incoming Trump administration to work toward a short-term spending bill that extends government funding through March of next year. “The Trump administration had a desire to have an impact in what is in the spending bill when they take office,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY). “It… Read more »