Congress Prepares for Busy Fall Agenda

Lawmakers returning to Washington next week will have some hot-button issues to confront as well as several must-pass bills on the legislative agenda, including spending legislation to keep the government running past Sept. 30. Congress will have just 13 days in session to avoid a government shutdown, making a short-term continuing resolution to temporarily extend… Read more »

Congress Likely to Need Short-Term CR

House leaders last Friday briefed their rank-and-file members on the likelihood that Congress will need to pass another short-term spending patch to keep the government running until late November or early December. In a call with House Democrats last week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) pointed out that the summer recess does not end… Read more »

Budget Deal to Add $1.7 Trillion to Deficit

The two-year budget deal passed earlier this month to raise spending caps in 2020 and 2021 will add $1.7 trillion over the next decade to the federal deficit, according to new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The deficit is now projected to approach $1 trillion this year and expand to . While the… Read more »

House Democrats Advance “Wall-Free” Spending Bill

House Democrats on Tuesday advanced a Homeland Security spending bill that includes no funding for President Trump’s border wall, setting up another possible government shutdown later this year. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security spending bill on a party-line 29-20 vote, and the bill should be on the House floor later in June…. Read more »