• 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 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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  • Senate Inches Closer to Agreement on FY’17 CR0

    Negotiations over a fiscal 2017 stopgap measure needed to keep the government open when the new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1 are “largely done,” according to one senator participating in the talks, but as of Wednesday night there was no indication that an agreement had been reached. Earlier in the day, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said the negotiations were wrapping up, reported CQ Roll Call. Other lawmakers, however, insisted a deal should not be expected yet. “There’s been a lot of back and forth,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I just don’t think [Democrats] are in a big hurry to do this because they’d like to keep all of our 2016ers here and not back home campaigning …

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  • Lawmakers Reach Deal on Zika Language as CR Talks Continue0

    Senators negotiating a fiscal 2017 continuing resolution (CR) reached agreement on one of the talks’ major sticking points but continue to hash out a number of other issues. Over the weekend, lawmakers resolved most of their differences over policy language from a conference agreement on emergency funding to fight Zika, with Republicans agreeing to drop a provision prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates in Puerto Rico from receiving funds, reported CQ Roll Call. Language waiving a requirement for mosquito spraying to obtain permits under the Clean Water Act also has been dropped …

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