White House, Congress Seek to Avoid Year-End Shutdown

Congressional leaders and the White House now support a stopgap continuing resolution that would fund the government until at least mid-December – setting up the possibility of another year-end government shutdown if negotiators can’t reach a fiscal 2020 spending agreement in the interim. With the House on recess this week, Congress will have eight days… Read more »

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 »