Discussions to Avert a Government Shutdown Ongoing

The House and Senate returned to Washington on Tuesday after the Veterans’ Day holiday. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who chair the Appropriations Committees, met on Tuesday to discuss a deal to avert a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on

FY20 Spending Measures

With government spending authorities scheduled to expire on November 21, bipartisan, bicameral Appropriations Committee leadership will meet next week to chart a path for FY20 spending measures, including another likely continuing resolution through mid to late December. The White House said this week that the President would support such an extension.

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The House was in recess this week. The Senate resumed legislative business on Tuesday and spent the bulk of the week on pending nominations.

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN), who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced this week that he will retire. The Appropriations Chairwoman, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), previously announced that she would

Negotiations Continue on Government Spending Authority

The House is in recess next week. The Senate will be in session with just a few legislative days remaining before government spending authority is set to expire on November 21. Aside from continuing to negotiate a deal to avert a shutdown, lawmakers will likely soon take up a

FY20 Spending Levels

As the House and Senate continue to negotiate FY20 spending levels, the Senate spent most of the week on the first appropriations bills to reach the floor in a package that includes the Commerce-Justice-Science, Agriculture, Interior, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development bills. After dispensing with several amendments, the Senate voted 84-9 this

FY21 Spending Measures

Appropriations leadership will focus on FY21 spending measures, and potentially another continuing resolution, over the coming weeks to avert a government shutdown on November 21.

Prescription Drug Pricing Bill

With the three committees of jurisdiction having advanced House Democratic leadership’s prescription drug pricing bill – The Lower Drug Costs Now Act –

Continuing Resolution

With the current continuing resolution set to expire on November 21, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) took procedural steps this week to bring packages of FY21 appropriations measures to the floor. The House has passed almost all of its bills, though notably has not acted on its Homeland Security measure. Elsewhere, the Senate

Congress Returns

Congress returned to Washington this week following a two-week recess and Monday’s federal holiday. Lawmakers are mourning the loss of House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who passed away this morning. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) becomes Acting Committee Chair. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also announced that the House Democratic drug

NDAA, FY20 Government Spending

When lawmakers return to Washington next week, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conferees will aim to bring a final package up for floor votes in each chamber by mid-October. Facing a November 21 deadline, Congressional leaders and the White House will also resume discussions around FY20 government spending.

Communications Decency Act

Recess

The House and Senate were in recess again this week; lawmakers will return to Washington next week following the Columbus Day holiday. On Tuesday, President Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese.

Rep. Lowey Not Seeking Reelection, Rep. Thornberry Retiring

House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) announced today