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What’s in the Nov. ’19 CR?

Congress finally passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for another month.  Funding for federal agencies was extended through December 20 under a stopgap funding measure that averted a government shutdown as fiscal 2020 appropriations negotiations continue.  However, expectations are low for a full fiscal 2020 spending deal by next month’s deadline.  Appropriators continue to argue over the top-line allocations for the 12 fiscal 2020 spending bills, […]

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Income-Share Agreement Alternative Sought

Colleges and investors are asking Congress to set rules for a growing alternative to student loans: financial agreements requiring students to repay schools directly from their earnings over time after graduation. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, citing worries the terms of those pacts could come back to haunt students, is crafting legislation to limit the programs, known as income-share agreements. The agreements are contracts between students and their school. The […]

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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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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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