• Third CR Needed to Fund Government until Omnibus is Cleared

    Third CR Needed to Fund Government until Omnibus is Cleared0

    The House and Senate Appropriations committees on Wednesday filed a $1.15 trillion fiscal 2016 omnibus providing funding for every agency, wrapping up weeks of tough negotiations between the two parties covering questions of policy and funding. By the time party leaders reached a final deal, the most contentious policy riders had been dropped, including provisions that would have limited Obama administration environmental, financial and campaign finance regulations, and effectively blocked the flow of refugees from Syria and Iraq, reported CQ Roll Call. Adhering to House Republicans’ “three-day rule” means that chamber will not take up the 2,009-page measure until Friday …

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  • Omnibus Agreement Reached, GOP Says0

    Party leaders forged deals on a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill and a package of tax breaks, Republican lawmakers said late Tuesday night after a closed-door meeting of the conference. Both measures were to be unveiled Tuesday night, with the House expected to take them up Thursday, reported CQ Roll Call. With the second continuing resolution of the year set to expire midnight Wednesday, Congress also will need to clear a third stopgap to give both chambers time to consider the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill …

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  • Negotiators Close to a Deal on FY‘16 Spending Package

    Negotiators Close to a Deal on FY‘16 Spending Package0

    Republican and Democratic negotiators still had not completed a deal on a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill Monday evening, but party leaders expressed confidence that an agreement would be reached sometime Tuesday. The current schedule essentially guarantees that Congress will need to pass a third continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown after midnight Wednesday. Some senior lawmakers indicated that party leaders would be able to take a deal on a $1.1 trillion funding measure to their conferences on Tuesday during previously scheduled lunches, while others said a deal more likely would not be reached until later in the day …

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  • Omnibus Talks Still Not Wrapped Up0

    Negotiators made substantial progress over the weekend on a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill, and as of Sunday afternoon both parties were aiming to release the text of the measure late Monday. Significant issues still remained as Democrats and Republicans strived to strike a deal on a $1.1 trillion year-end spending agreement, though, and the schedule remains uncertain, reported CQ. The latest timeline means Congress may be forced to pass a third continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown after midnight Wednesday …

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  • Second CR to Buy Negotiators More Time for Omnibus Talks

    Second CR to Buy Negotiators More Time for Omnibus Talks0

    Congressional negotiators are aiming to release the text of a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill early next week after the Senate on Thursday passed a five-day continuing resolution (CR) that would give lawmakers until Dec. 16 to finish work on the $1.1 trillion package. Advancing a second CR became necessary as a dispute over what policy provisions will be included in the year-end funding measure has prevented party leaders from reaching an agreement. The House is scheduled to vote on the stopgap by midnight Friday, when the current CR expires …

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  • Congress to Extend Funding Deadline into Next Week

    Congress to Extend Funding Deadline into Next Week0

    House Republicans on Wednesday released a five-day continuing resolution (CR) giving Congress until Dec. 16 to clear a year-end omnibus funding the federal government. With the two parties still at loggerheads over dozens of contentious policy riders, the House and Senate will need to pass the stopgap by Friday to avert a government shutdown. “While progress is being made on negotiations for a full-year omnibus appropriations bill, it is clear that more time is needed to complete the package,” House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said in a statement …

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