• Special Committee Appears to Settle on Modest Change to Budget Process

    Special Committee Appears to Settle on Modest Change to Budget Process0

    A special congressional committee established in February to look at ways to reform the budget and appropriations process appears to have agreed on only one concrete change, shifting the annual budget resolution to a biennial one. The 16-member Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform considered a variety of more far-reaching proposals during months

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  • HASC Gears up for Authorization Markup even as Topline Spending Remains Uncertain

    HASC Gears up for Authorization Markup even as Topline Spending Remains Uncertain0

    The House Armed Services Committee is slated to mark up the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill in two weeks, but because the Republican conference has failed to coalesce around a budget resolution the committee still doesn’t know exactly how much money is available for defense programs next year. While the annual policy bill does not actually allocate funding, the House Armed Services Committee tries to align its funding levels with the chamber’s budget resolution so the measure can serve as a guideline for defense appropriators, reported CQ Roll Call. Up to $18 billion in available funding is in question as the budget resolution approved by the House Budget Committee provides an extra $18 billion in base defense spending beyond the Obama administration’s budget request …

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  • Senate May Step ahead of House on Appropriations0

    The Senate possibly could move ahead of the House in considering fiscal 2017 spending measures as the House GOP remains hung up over topline spending and has not yet adopted a budget blueprint for the next fiscal year. In the absence of a budget resolution or a deeming resolution — an alternative mechanism for setting topline spending — the House may have to wait until May 15 to take up individual appropriations bills on the floor. The Senate appears ready to move spending bills to the floor later this month, with the military construction-veterans affairs title anticipated to be marked up in subcommittee next week …

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  • House Appropriations to Take up Milcon Spending Bill Next Week

    House Appropriations to Take up Milcon Spending Bill Next Week0

    The fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending measure will be the first appropriations bill marked up in the House next week, according to the office of Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.). Without an approved budget resolution to assign the House Military Construction-VA Subcommittee a topline spending figure for its bill, the panel has been given a “notional number” for its subcommittee allocation, reported CQ Roll Call. On Wednesday, the House Budget Committee approved an FY 2017 budget resolution by a 20-16 vote, but at this point it is not clear if there is sufficient support in the Republican conference to pass it on the House floor …

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