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 »

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 »