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Summary of the Fiscal 2019 Spending Agreement

The Department of Homeland Security would receive $1.38 billion for fencing along the southern border and agencies affected by the 35-day government shutdown would be funded through Sept. 30 under the conference agreement on H. J. Res. 31, the vehicle for a seven-bill spending package. The measure represents an agreement between House and Senate negotiators on border security funding and related issues. “This agreement denies funding for President Trump’s border […]

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Outlook: Higher Education Reauthorization

The 116th Congress will pick up where the 115th left off after failing to find a compromise on student aid, federal loans, and data sharing in higher education legislation. Negotiations between Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and ranking member, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on a higher education overhaul stalled last spring. A House bill (H.R. 4508) was approved by the House Committee on Education and Labor but did not receive enough […]

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Trump’s Border Wall Fight Could Weigh Down Omnibus Spending Bill

As lawmakers work to send President Donald Trump seven spending bills by the end of next week in order to avoid a partial government shutdown, some negotiators are concerned an attempt to combine them all in one package may fail. Top congressional leaders have yet to spell out how they plan to organize the appropriations bills in votes on the House and Senate floors. Some appropriators say a large, seven-bill […]

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Farm Bill Timeline Update

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee said Tuesday she agrees with Chairman Pat Roberts’ (R-Kan.) assessment that lawmakers negotiating a new farm bill face no firm deadline until December, despite the Sept. 30 expiration of current law. “We’ve still got some pretty substantial differences in policy on a number of different titles,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said. She said House and Senate negotiators were nowhere close to reaching a compromise. The chairmen […]

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