• Stopgap Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown Passes House, Senate0

    After a month of negotiations on a stopgap measure to keep the government running at the start of fiscal 2017, the House and Senate on Wednesday approved a short-term spending package that will now go to President Obama for his signature. The continuing resolution (CR) will provide lawmakers 10 weeks to complete work on FY 2017 appropriations and hash out a handful of unresolved policy issues …

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  • House Leadership’s Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations

    House Leadership’s Support for Sage Grouse Provision Frustrates Policy Bill Negotiations0

    The greater sage grouse, a black and brown grassland bird whose habitat encompasses parts of 11 western states, has taken on an oversized role in House-Senate negotiations over a conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. The House’s Republican leadership is insisting the compromise bill retain language from the House version barring the sage grouse from being placed on the endangered species list through 2025 even though the issue is only loosely connected to the use of military training grounds. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said he would not allow the final version of the annual defense policy to be considered on the chamber floor without that provision, in a bid to protect energy, mining and ranching interests, reports Defense News …

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  • House Vote on Water Bill Provides Avenue to Break CR Impasse

    House Vote on Water Bill Provides Avenue to Break CR Impasse0

    After helping to block two procedural votes Tuesday afternoon that would have advanced a spending package needed to keep the government running on Oct. 1, Senate Democrats are waiting to see if Republicans will give in to their demands to extend assistance to Flint, Mich. Following the votes, Senate Republicans said they would consider stripping emergency flood relief for Louisiana and other states from the legislation to address Democrats’ concerns …

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  • Little Movement on Stopgap with Key Vote Scheduled0

    Democratic opposition to the fiscal 2017 continuing resolution (CR) introduced in the Senate last week is focused on the measure’s lack of aid for Flint, Mich., but with the two parties apparently not engaging in negotiations since Republicans filed the bill on Thursday, the prospect of a government shutdown by week’s end is hard to ignore. Democrats’ chief objection to the CR is that it includes emergency flood relief for Louisiana and other states but fails to provide aid to address Flint’s contaminated water system. The measure has met many of the party’s other demands, reported CQ Roll Call …

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  • Democrats Blast CR Filed in Senate0

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday released the text of a continuing resolution (CR) that Democrats have not agreed to, raising questions as to whether lawmakers will successfully approve a stopgap by Sept. 30 to keep the government running at the start of the new fiscal year. McConnell indicated that the two parties would have until Tuesday to continue negotiating a final agreement, but Democrats blasted the “Republican-only” bill over a number of controversial policy riders and the lack of emergency funding to upgrade the water system for Flint, Mich. One rider that has attracted the ire of Democrats would continue an existing provision in law blocking a Securities and Exchange Commission rule related to the disclosure of corporations’ political spending …

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