• Top Coastie: Guard Is ‘75 Percent Reconstituted’ after Shutdown

    Top Coastie: Guard Is ‘75 Percent Reconstituted’ after Shutdown0

    The Coast Guard is still recovering from the partial government shutdown that stopped the branch’s funding for 35 days in December and January, Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz told Congress Tuesday. The Guard has recovered to about 75 percent of its capability, Schultz said, according to The Hill. “Some things we never get back,” he said.

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  • Congressional Leaders Aim to Advance Spending Bills, Ignore President’s Shutdown Threats

    Congressional Leaders Aim to Advance Spending Bills, Ignore President’s Shutdown Threats0

    While President Trump threatens a government shutdown over funding for a border wall and other immigration priorities, Republican leaders are continuing to focus on their strategy of passing spending bills through “regular order.” The House had passed six individual spending bills when it began its August recess last week. By the end of this week,

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  • Lawmakers Face Pending Deadline to Fund the Government

    Lawmakers Face Pending Deadline to Fund the Government0

    Congress returns to Washington today facing a 24-day scramble to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. While neither party wants to be blamed for a shutdown — especially with fall elections looming — the path to a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running in fiscal 2017 is expected to be particularly difficult as the GOP remains split over spending policy, including how long a stopgap should last. “That is going to be the big fight,” Paul Winfree, an economic policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, told CQ Roll Call …

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  • 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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