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 »

Tax Receipts in 2019 Down $28 Billion

The federal government took in $28 billion less in total tax receipts in 2019 than was initially projected, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The revenue decline may have been influenced by tax changes enacted in Republicans’ 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but CBO stopped short of saying that definitively. “In short, revenues in… Read more »

Congress Weighs Delaying Spending Talks

Congressional appropriators are weighing whether to extend current government funding into early February to avoid a budget fight during Democrats’ impeachment proceedings. The Senate has been having floor debate on bills to fund the government for fiscal 2020, but the pace of negotiations has been slow. Current short-term funding runs out Nov. 21 and it… Read more »

Lawmakers Still Far Apart on Spending Bills

As the Senate this week began floor debate on bills to fund the government, Democratic leaders called for bicameral discussions to reconcile competing spending allocations for the 12 annual appropriations measures. Given the slow pace of the appropriations process, lawmakers are acknowledging that a second stopgap spending bill will likely be needed to extend funding… Read more »

House Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

The House passed a “clean” short-term spending bill today that would fund the government through late November, putting off any tussle over President Trump’s border policies until later in the year. The Senate is expected to clear the bill next week and President Trump is expected to sign it. House progressives initially debated whether to… Read more »