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Budget & Appropriations

What’s in the $2 Trillion Virus Aid Bill?

As of Friday afternoon, the House & Senate have both passed H.R. 748, the CARES Act, which provides roughly $2 trillion to individuals, businesses, and states in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. The bill, negotiated between the House, Senate, and administration, and now awaiting the President’s signature includes: $500 billion for loans and assistance to companies and state and local governments, including $29 billion for loans to U.S. airlines […]

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Heath Spending Cuts for States Under President Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

President Trump’s proposed FY2021 budget proposes curtailing $920 billion in Medicaid spending and $756 billion in Medicare spending over 10 years.  To achieve that reduction, the Trump’s budget assumes that all the various policies it proposes are implemented.  Those policies, however, are either tied up in court or facing other opposition.  The Health and Human Services Department’s (HHS) annual budget proposal presumes that expanded work requirements, tighter beneficiary eligibility screening, and capped […]

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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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The Week in Washington – 09/27/2019

Lawmakers are set to depart Washington for the next two weeks, leaving five legislative weeks before the Nov. 21 deadline. None of the fiscal 2020 spending bills have been signed into law, and appropriators must pass all 12 bills into law in those five weeks. Ukraine Scandal Grows Into Impeachment Threat Donald Trump’s interactions with Ukraine’s president are shaping up to be the most serious threat to his presidency so […]

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