Congress Expected to Pass Spending Package

Lawmakers have finalized a massive spending bill and border security compromise that is expected to pass both the House and Senate later this evening. The final deal appears to have broad support, despite some lingering criticism from the far right and far left. The compromise, reached by a bipartisan conference committee, includes just $1.375 billion… Read more »

Neal Cancels Hearing After Mnuchin Declines Invite

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) canceled today’s scheduled hearing on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the upcoming tax filing season after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to testify. Ways and Means Democrats are concerned about the IRS’s readiness for tax season given reports that the agency plans to… Read more »

ASAE Joins Calls for End to Shutdown

ASAE has joined the increasing chorus of business groups urging Congress and the administration to negotiate an end to the longest government shutdown in history. This week, ASAE joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups in a letter urging the White House and lawmakers to take action immediately to end the political… Read more »

Senate Rejects Competing Plans to End Shutdown

The Senate this afternoon rejected competing Republican and Democratic plans to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 34th day. The Republican plan, put forth by President Trump, would have provided temporary protections for young immigrants currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for $5.7 billion for Trump’s… Read more »

Democrats Concerned About IRS Shutdown Plan

The Treasury Department this week released a new contingency plan to deal with the ongoing partial government shutdown, but Democratic lawmakers have doubts about the agency’s ability to handle the upcoming tax-filing season. Treasury’s shutdown plan provides for 46,000 employees, about 57 percent of the agency’s workforce, to be working during tax-filing season, which begins… Read more »