• HASC Aims for Thinner FY‘19 Policy Bill

    HASC Aims for Thinner FY‘19 Policy Bill0

    In an attempt to shorten the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, leadership of the House Armed Services Committee plans to focus on only the top 15 legislative proposals submitted by committee members when putting together the legislation, according to an internal memo. Some lawmakers have submitted as many as 60 provisions to the annual policy

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  • Bipartisan House Bill Would Permanently Ban Earmarks

    Bipartisan House Bill Would Permanently Ban Earmarks0

    Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) introduced a bill Wednesday to permanently ban earmarks from the legislative process. “This bill is about sending a clear message: that the days of pork-barrel spending ended in 2011,” Budd said in a joint press release. “It represents a permanent solution to

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  • Select Committee to Consider Calendar Year Budget Cycle

    Select Committee to Consider Calendar Year Budget Cycle0

    One option a newly formed congressional committee charged with overhauling the budget and appropriations process will consider is shifting the federal government from a fiscal year to the calendar year, reports CQ. The idea is that Jan. 1 would serve as a more powerful incentive than the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year for

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  • Appropriators Rushing to Finish Omnibus before CR Expires

    Appropriators Rushing to Finish Omnibus before CR Expires0

    Appropriators are optimistic they have sufficient time to complete work on all 12 spending bills in time for Congress to clear an omnibus before the existing continuing resolution expires March 23. Still, a lot of work remains and hashing out a final measure will require lawmakers to overcome a number of policy disputes, reports CQ.

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  • 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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